You will need a permit from us to collect money or sell articles for charitable purposes in any street or public place. Public houses will need a House-to-House Collection Licence.

Street collection permits are granted in line with the Police, Factories & c. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.

Only one street collection permit will be issued for each town on any given day. Saturdays are particularly popular and are booked quickly. You must make your application at least 28 days before the required collection date.

Application process

To help you apply, read these Word documents carefully:


This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

Medway Council is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. We hold information for the purposes specified in our Data Protection Notification made to the Information Commissioner and may use this information for any of them. We may get information about you from others, or we may give information to them. If we do it we will only do so as the law permits, to check accuracy of information or prevent or detect crime.

We may check information we receive about you with what is already in our records. This can include information provided by you as well as by others such as government departments and statutory agencies. We will not give information about you to anyone outside Medway Council unless the law permits us to do so.

Apply online

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will apply, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the council by the end of the 10-day target completion period.

Failed application redress

Please contact the council in the first instance, using the details below.

Licence holder redress

Please contact the council in the first instance, using the details below.

More information

For more information contact Licensing Services on 01634 337 107 or 01634 337 108  or contact Licensing Enforcement on 01634 337 112 or 337 106 or by emailing

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR