It is illegal to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes without obtaining a street collection licence from the licensing authority if that collection is held 'in a street or public place'. There is no fee for a street collection licence.
A licence is required for a street collection to ensure collectors are properly authorised and that money collected in a secure way with the total proceeds accounted for correctly.
The City of Lincoln Council has adopted the following policy to date, of allocating;
Applications should be received at least one month before the proposed date of the collection.
Within one month of the date of the collection applicants are required to submit a statement of returns showing the amount of money received and any expenses incurred. Failure to do so may result in future applications being rejected.