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Charities Act 2006

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Section 58: Applications for permits to conduct public charitable collections in a public place

219.This section sets out the process for applications to local authorities for a permit to conduct a collection in a public place. It builds upon the provisions of section 67 of the 1992 Act. Subsection (1) provides that promoters of exempt collections as defined in section 50 do not need to apply for a permit. Likewise a permit is not required for door to door collections, as these are less likely to lead to undue inconvenience to members of the public. Otherwise all collections in a public place require an application for a permit to the local authority in which the collection is proposed to take place. Subsection (3) sets out the information required on the application, some of which will be prescribed in regulations. Subsection (2) sets out the applications process, the timetable for which will be prescribed in regulations. Subsection (4) makes provision for urgent permit applications outside the prescribed period in circumstances where either the public collections certificate application has not been determined by the end of the permit application period, or where it has been determined but with insufficient time for a permit application to be made within the prescribed period.

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