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If you want to collect for charity then you will need a licence to do so.

You can apply for a Charitable Collections Licence by completing the form below.

The licence is to make sure that the people behind the collections are genuine and of good character. Various checks are carried out before a licence is issued.

Some charities are UK based and exempt such as the Poppy Appeal and the Red Cross. Other UK charities would need a licence to operate, and consideration would be given as to whether it would affect any similar local charity.

You are advised to inform the relevant local authority about any activity you wish to undertake.

Also bear in mind that:

  • if a collection is to be held inside public houses then permission is required only from the landlords of the pubs prior to the collection.
  • if the collection is to be held inside a private building, for example a supermarket, then permission is required only from the store's manager.
  • if the collection is to be held on the streets of Douglas then permission is required from the Chief Executive's Office at Douglas Borough Council and the Police.
  • if the collection is to be held on the roads of the Isle of Man then permission is required from the Department of Infrastructure and the Police.

 

In all the above cases a charitable collections licence is still required.

Licences are issued under the Charitable Collections (Regulations) Act 1939.

Various checks are carried out before a licence is issued.

 

 
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