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House to House Collections

You must apply for a licence if you want to collect the following from people's homes for charity:

  • money 
  • goods that you plan to sell

Who needs a licence

You must apply if you’re a:

  • small charity
  • local group eg Scouts, Girl Guides

House to house collection licences must be applied for at least 1 month before the commencement of the collection.  Each charity/group may only apply for a permit for a maximum of three months. 

How to apply

There is no charge for a house to house collection licence.

Fines and penalties

If you don’t get a licence before starting house-to-house collections you could face:

  • up to 6 months in prison
  • a fine of up to £1,000

If a collector doesn’t give a police officer their name, address and signature when asked to, they could be fined up to £200.

Contact the Licensing team

Email: licensing@dover.gov.uk

Telephone: 01304 872295