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Charities Act 2006

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Section 49: Restrictions on conducting door to door collections

191.This section provides in subsection (1) that a collection by means of visits door to door cannot be undertaken unless the organisation (a) holds a public collections certificate (granted under section 52) and (b) has (within a period to be prescribed in regulations) notified the local authority of the matters mentioned in subsection (3) of this section and has provided the local authority with a copy of its public collections certificate.

192.Subsection (2) exempts from these requirements door to door collections which are exempt as local short-term collections, provided for by section 48.

193.Subsection (4) provides that where a door to door collection, which is not an exempt local short-term collection, is undertaken without a public collections certificate and without notifying the local authority of the matters referred to in subsection (3) the promoter is guilty of an offence and is liable for a fine of up to level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5,000)

194.Subsection (5) provides a separate offence with a lesser maximum penalty if the door to door collection appeal is for goods only.

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