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Charity collections

Street collections

You will need a Street Collection Permit if you wish to make a charitable tin collection in the street, in a public or private place.

Apply for a street collection permit

There is no fee.

View the street collection regulations.

  • The completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the date of collection
  • We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to certain parts of the street or place
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to us within one month
  • Licences are valid for one day

After you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence is deemed granted.

If you intend to collect in the Woolgate Shopping Centre in Witney you will also need permission from the Centre manager, Rob Steere. Contact him by emailing robert@woolgateshopping.co.uk or calling 01993 778370. You will not be authorised to collect there unless you have permission.

This table shows which dates have already been booked for street collections.

Charity name

Date of collection

Location of collection

Rotary Club of Witney

30 November to 17 December

Witney, Aston, Stonesfield and Ducklington

Betel of Britain

3 December

Town Centre and Highstreet

Witney Lions Club 5 December B+Q stores

Witney Lions Club

6 December

Woolgate Centre outside Waitrose

Betel of Britain

10 December 

Town Centre and Highstreet

Witney Lions Club

12 December

B + Q Stores

Betel of Britain

17 December 

Town Centre and Highstreet

Medical Detection Dogs Charity

19 December 2020

High Street Witney and Woolgate

Witney Lions Club

20 December

Woolgate Centre outside Waitrose

Marie Curie

6 March 2021

High street and Woolgate Witney

House to house collections

You will need a licence to do a house-to-house collection of money or any other goods such as clothes on the doorstep of private homes and businesses.

Apply for a house-to-house collection licence

There is no fee

View a summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

  • The completed form must be returned at least one month prior to the start date of the collection.
  • We may, in granting the licence, limit the collection to certain parts of the street/place/area.
  • Many of the large well-known charities hold a Home Office Exemption Certificate which means that no licence is required; however notice must be given to us as the licensing authority.
  • A licence will not be granted for a period of longer than 12 months.
  • We, as the licensing authority, may refuse a licence, or where granted, may revoke it in circumstances specified in The Act.
  • After the collection has taken place a financial return form must be returned to us within one month.

After you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence is deemed granted.

This table shows the dates which have been booked for house to house collections.

Charity name

Date of collection

Location of collection

Great Ormond Street

2/11/2020 to 29/11/2020

All of West Oxfordshire

Alzheimers's Research UK Charity

02/11/2020 to 29/11/2020

All of West Oxfordshire

Middle Barton Pre-School and Primary School

13/12/2020 to 14/12/2020

All of West Oxfordshire

Alzheimers's Research UK

03/12/2020  to 03/01/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

03/12/2020 to 03/01/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Recycle Proline LTD

05/10/2020 to 14/10/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Childlife

02/11/2020 to 31/10/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Clothes Aid

08/11/2020 to 31/10/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Real Fundraising

23/10/2020 to 23/08/2021

All of West Oxfordshire

Eynsham Rotary 2020

11/12/2020 to 12/11/2021

Eynsham, Stanton Harcourt, Freeland and Hanborough

Raffles (Small Society Lotteries)

All small society lotteries require registration under the Gambling Act 2005. This registration is needed when your organisation intends to sell printed raffle tickets in advance of the date on which the draw will take place. The Small Society Lottery registration is mainly for charitable purposes.

  • Call 01993 861000 to provisionally book a date and request an application form
  • Return your completed application form with the £40 fee
  • The registration lasts for a calendar year. After the initial registration if you pay an annual fee of £20 by the end of October the registration is renewed for another year.

View the Gambling Commission website to check that your organisation meets the regulations before you fill in the application form.

Once you have returned the application form, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, the licence has been granted.