We want you to have fun when you’re raising funds – but you must ensure you don’t take any risks with safety, and follow the law. It may seem daunting, but if you have any questions, please get in touch.
It is illegal to carry out public street collections without a licence. Your local council can provide more information. It is also illegal to carry out house-to-house collections without a licence – and CCLG does not allow house-to-house collections on its behalf. To collect on private property – such as within a shopping centre or railway station – you need permission from the landowner or manager. Tins and buckets used for collections must be sealed and numbered – ensure you only use official CCLG collecting materials supplied by us.
Food safety laws apply when food is available – whether it is for sale or not. Make sure you follow food hygiene procedures – these are mostly common sense – and you can contact your local council for information about regulations or visit www.food.gov.uk
Some venues will already have a licence to sell or supply alcohol. However, if you are using an unlicensed venue and plan to serve alcoholic drinks, you may need a temporary events notice. Check with your local council.
The law around raffles, which are a form of lottery, can be quite complicated. If your raffle is part of an event, and tickets are all sold for the same price, you can use cloakroom tickets. For other types of raffles you will need a local lottery licence and printed tickets, which must contain certain information. Check the latest advice at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
Please remember you are responsible for the activity and CCLG cannot accept liability for any fundraising activity or event that you undertake. If you are planning an event that involves the general public, you’ll need public liability insurance. Your venue may already have this, so check whether they have it, and whether it covers your activity.
We take the safety of children very seriously. Don’t hold an event that specifically encourages children to attend without their parents. Children should be accompanied by an adult. If children may attend your event, make sure the environment is safe
For your own protection, if at all possible make sure you count the money you’ve collected with another person present and have them verify the total amount raised. Ask people who want to make a donation by cheque to make it payable to CCLG rather than you personally. Make sure any cash donated is kept in a secure place and banked as soon as possible.
You may need a trained first aider depending on the number of people at your event. Check with your local council. Check with your venue too – they may already have this covered,
Identify any hazards and assess any risks at your event. Minimise risks wherever possible. Ask your venue for help if you’re not sure.
You may need a licence for some types of entertainment – such as live music – check with your venue and the local council.
CCLG logo and charity details
When you’re writing to anyone about your event or producing any publicity materials, please remember to include CCLG’s registered charity number. Please use these exact words: Registered charity number 286669.
We have a special version of our logo to brand your fundraising materials, and would be happy to send this to you along with user guidelines – please just ask.
For extra advice, visit the Institute of Fundraising website