Public charitable collections are a fundraising method that is subject to specific regulations administered by local authorities and enforced by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.
The law defines a "Public Charitable Collection" as a collection from the public of money (whether given by them for consideration or not) for charitable purposes taken either in a public place or by means of visits from place to place. "Charitable purposes" means any charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes whether or not they are charitable within the meaning of any rule of law.
The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for UK fundraising. They provide legal and best practice guidance including the Code of Fundraising that sets out the standards expected of fundraising including any legal requirements associated with particular forms of fundraising.
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There is no application fee required to apply for this type of permission.
Anyone organising collections over the whole or a substantial part of Scotland may apply to the OSCR to be made an Exempt Promoter.
The benefit of being an Exempt Promoter is that it reduces the administrative burden of having to co-ordinate with many local authorities throughout Scotland when organising a public charitable collection.
Further information on this scheme, including a list of current Exempt Promoters, can be obtained from the OSCR.