Street collections

To collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes in South Tyneside, you need a street collection licence from South Tyneside Council.

You can also download the street collection licence application form[word - 305kb] and email it to

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

If your application is successful and we have received all of the necessary documentation, your application will be processed within five working days.

Will tacit consent apply if I haven't heard back from you?

Tacit consent cannot apply because the law requires you to have a permit from the Local Authority. The Council will  process your application within five working days. If you would like to check on the progress of your application, please contact contact the licensing team on 0191 424 7695 or by emailing licensing@southtyneside.gov.uk

How do I appeal if my application isn't approved?

Please contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.

How do I appeal against the conditions of my licence?

Please contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.

Consumer complaints

If you have a complaint, we advise that you contact the trader, preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.

From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other appeals

There is no legal right of appeal against the refusal of a street collection permit, however, you may write to the licensing team and request that the decision is reviewed.

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