Please be advised that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation there are Government restrictions in place and it is not known for how long these restrictions will remain. Please keep updated with the Government guidance and regulations and ensure that you are complying with these on your collection date. Should the Government guidance and regulations at the time of your Charity Collection not allow it to be held, the permit will not override these regulations and your collection may be cancelled.
When submitting an application you should supply a written COVID secure risk assessment demonstrating how you will comply with the Government guidance.
At this time promotional materials such as posters, gazebos, leaflet stands etc. are not being permitted to aid access to public areas.
If you want to collect on the High Street or any other public street within the Borough, you will need a Street Collection permit. This includes sponsored walks if money is being collected along the route. There is no fee for a charity collection permit/licence.
If you need access for your vehicle to the pedestrian area of the High Street for the collection, an application form will be sent to you once the collection has been approved. All charity collection organisers must submit a Statement Form giving the details of their collection and will need to fill in an application form for vehicles to enter land belonging to us.
Please be aware, if you are collecting in aid of a charity where the funds are used directly to fund or part fund the activity concerned (e.g. where you pay to enter a marathon or expenses for a trip) then your application will not be considered eligible, as it does not meet the criteria set out in the Southend on Sea Street Collection Regulations (see attached Regulations in particular 15 (1) and 15 (2))
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To apply for a Charitable Collection Permit you must use our online form.
In order for you to be able to apply online you will need to create a MySouthend account. Our new online process makes applying for a Charitable Collections Permit quicker and easier. As part of the ongoing modernisation of our licensing service, you can now create an online account. This means that you can apply for or renew, vary or transfer an existing Permit and track its progress during the application process.