Charitable Street Collections

If you want to collect money in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole for charity, you have to apply for a Street Collection Permit.

You don't need a street collection permit if you are collecting on private property.

If you want to collect for charity door to door or business to business, you will need to apply for a house to house collection permit.

Application form

Fill in our online application form to apply to collect for charity in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole. You will need to make an application for each town you wish to collect in.

The person applying for the permit will need to be present at the collection. They will also be responsible for the money collected and making the return.

When prompted, you'll need to login or register as an individual, you can't use a business account. The street collection permit can only be awarded to a suitable individual.

You will be able to upload a copy of your permission from the charity and choose an available collection date on our online booking system.

You will need to complete an application for each collection you wish to make within the next 6 months. Allow at least 1 months notice to process.  

You'll need to upload a letter of authorisation from the organisation or charity that you’re raising money for. An organisation or charity can have a maximum of 6 collection days in each town each year.

Unable to collect?

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the date to other charities.

Selling Items

If you wish to sell items for the charity during your collection and you wish to use a stall or table, you will need to have permission from the Events team before applying.

Bournemouth Air Festival

You may only collect money for a charitable cause at the Bournemouth Air Festival if you have hired a stand for the event. Please contact the Events team to check availability. Once you have a stand confirmed, you don't need a permit for collections at the Air Festival.

Street collection regulations 

You need to read our simple guide to the Street Collection regulations before making your application.

Collection Locations

Collections are not allowed in Bournemouth along the seafront, in the Lower, Central or Upper Gardens or in Bournemouth Square. They may however be allowed as part of an event you have booked through our events team, for example the Christmas stage.

In Christchurch, collections in Saxon Square may only be done with written permission in advance from the Saxon Square management agents.

On the Collection Day

You need to keep your permit on you at all times, and show it to anyone who asks to see it. Collection containers must be sealed and numbered. They also must clearly identify the name of the charitable organisation being promoted, as well as a registration number. Collectors must be 16 years or older.

Financial returns

You'll need to submit a financial return within a month of the collection. You'll have to complete this return even if no money was collected. You also need to upload proof the amount has been paid to the charity. This can be a bank statement or letter/email from the charity.

Once your collection has ended, we'll send you an email with details of how to submit your financial return online. 

Street collection availability

When you apply you will be able to see dates available within the next 6 months.The date will be reserved pending your application being processed.