In the case of house-to-house collections, the local council can grant a licence for up to 12 months. There is the possibility of an exemption which is granted by the Secretary of State, but these are relatively few in number.
The council can refuse a licence, for example if they feel that not enough of the proceeds are going to charity, that the applicant is not a ‘fit and proper’ person or if there has been a refusal to supply information in oder for a decision to be reached. Unlike street collection permits, there is a right to appeal. We have experience of dealing with such appeals and to date have a 100% success rate.