Fundraising and the law

We want you to have fun while you're fundraising, but it's important that what you do is legal.

Fundraising and the law

We want you to have fun while you're fundraising, but it's important that what you do is legal.

Check the rules

Charity fundraising is regulated by law, so you need to know any rules and regulations that apply to your event before you start. This is particularly relevant if you are running a raffle or any other prize draw.


Get Permission

You’ll need permission:

  • To collect money or advertise in shops, libraries and other public places
  • From the owner if you’re fundraising on private property
  • From individuals in any of your pictures online or in promotional materials
  • In writing from parents if you want to take any photos/videos of their children – and be clear what they will be used for
  • And if participating in collecting donations or fundraising, any children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Get a License

Check with your local council whether you need any licences for your event – for example for public entertainment, alcohol or raffles. If you’re collecting in a public place, you will need a licence to use collections buckets and each council has different rules about this.

Find your council here


Raffles, lotteries and prize draws

These are a great way to raise some extra money at your event. But they come with a lot of laws and guidelines – plus you may need a licence – you should check the rules with the Gambling Commission

If you have any questions regarding the information on this page then please do not hesitate to get in touch – contact our fundraising team on 020 7463 9310 or at communityfundraiser@ssafa.org.uk.