What happens after you have filed the notice?
Once you have filed your small-scale money collection notice, wait for your local police department to process it. The police will process your notice within five working days of receipt and issue you with a small-scale money collection number.
You can launch your money collection as soon as you get your small-scale money collection number. You need to quote the number in all your appeals for donations. Your small-scale money collection number lets the public know that the police is aware of your campaign and that you have complied with the law.
Remember that organisers of small-scale money collections also have other obligations both during and after the campaign. More information about organisers’ obligations can be found here.
What if the police does not issue our small-scale money collection number on time?
As a rule, you cannot launch a small-scale money collection until you have been issued with a small-scale money collection number and communicated it to the public. However, you can go ahead with your money collection without a small-scale money collection number, if the police fails to process your notice and issue you with a number within five working days of receipt of your notice.
If the police has asked you to supply information that is missing from your notice, you cannot launch your money collection until you have supplied the requested information and received instructions from your local police department as to what to do next. The five-day time limit does not apply in such circumstances.
Can the police refuse to allow a small-scale money collection to go ahead?
Yes. The police can refuse to allow a small-scale money collection to go ahead if, for example, the legal criteria are not satisfied. If this happens, you will get an appealable decision from your local police department. You can not start your money collection, however.