Christmas carolling is a popular way to raise money over the festive period. To make sure every charity has a fair opportunity to collect donations, and the streets aren’t overrun with Santas, the law requires that anyone planning a collection must have a local Christmas carol permit. Applying for one is quite straightforward. Find out more below.
How to apply
You can apply for a Christmas carol permit at the police station in the borough, or boroughs, where you plan to collect. You'll need to take along the following information:
contact details for your charity
the event date, time and location
You can find addresses for all of our police stations on our Contact us page.
We must receive your application by the first day of the month before your chosen collection date. For example, if you’re planning to collect on 15 December we need to receive your application no later than 1 November.
Please contact your local borough licensing officer to make an application and discuss dates for your collection during the festive period.