It is an offence to promote or make a house-to-house collection for a charitable purpose in Medway without the promoter obtaining a licence from the council.

House-to-house collections are licensed in accordance with the House to House Collections Act 1939 and the House to House Collections Regulations 1947.

A House to House Collection Licence is required for door-to-door collections, as well as collections in public houses (this includes rose-sellers). Charities collecting clothes, bric-a-brac etc. also require a licence.

Applications must be made at least 28 days before the collection date, must be in the form prescribed by the council and be made by a fit and proper person.

Application process

To assist the applicant in the application process; please read these documents carefully.

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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.

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Tacit consent 

You will need tacit consent, 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

Contact the council using the details below. You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Appeals must be logged within 14 days of the refusal.

Licence holder redress

Contact the council using the details below. You have the right to appeal to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the decision.


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

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