National Exemption Orders

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for the national exemption order scheme for house-to-house (or ‘doorstep’) collections under the House Collections Act 1939 (as amended).

National exemption orders are generally available to charitable organisations that have obtained house to house collection licences in at least 70-100 local authority licensing areas for the preceding two years, and are able to provide evidence of licences and collections returns.

Details of the application process are available from

Applicants should state ‘Exemption Orders’ in the email subject line.

More information, including operational guidance for the scheme, can be found on the Government website.