Street collection

Licence summary

Persons wishing to collect money from a street in Rutland will require a permit from Rutland County Council. The term ‘street’ includes any footpath, highway or public place.

A permit is not required if the collection is to take place on private land.

Eligibility Criteria

Street collections are free and anyone can apply providing they are over 16 years of age.

Applications must be in the form prescribed by Rutland County Council and should be made at least 28 days in advance of the proposed collection.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

  • Particulars of any contracts with any charity which is to benefit from this collection
  • List of trustees
  • Previous years accounts
  • Literature on organisation(s) which will benefit

A return form must be completed following the collection and returned to the Council. This form will be sent to you once your application form has been received or you can download a Return Form


Busking is not illegal and some councils create byelaws or rules you must observe, such as:

  • Not making too much noise
  • Not blocking public highways (footpaths, pavements, open pedestrian areas)
  • Not displaying notices asking for payment
  • Not carrying out street trading (you need a street trading licence for this)
  • Only busking in certain parts of the town or for a limited period of time

Rutland County Council has no byelaws controlling busking, but it would be advisable to follow the above points.

Children under 14 aren’t allowed to busk.

Application for Permit to Make a Street Collection

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