Street Licencing

Skegness Town Council consider and issue licenses for charitable street collection of cash.

Each application will be checked to ascertain if it is from a Category A, B or C Charity or protected charity.

Definition of a Category A Charity:
A Charity which has a base in Skegness or works within the town and provides a direct, regular (at least annually) and ongoing benefit to the local residents.

Definition of a Category B Charity:
A Charity based outside of Skegness that does not provide a consistent or direct regular (at least annually) benefit to the local residents but is of some benefit to the local area and its' residents.

Definition of a Category C Charity:
A Charity based outside of Skegness that provides no benefit to the area or its' residents.

Please read our policy below for full details.

Licences Granted

Below is list of all street collection licences granted:



Name of Organisation

Saturday 16th March 2019

Marie Curie

1st April 2019 to 21st April 2019

Scope House to House (Exempt)

Saturday 6th April 2019

Premier Inn on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital

Saturday 13th April 2019

Greyhound Trust Skegness

Friday 19th April 2019


Sunday 21st April 2019


Sunday 12th July 2019

Guide Dogs - Ian West Walk Round Britain

Saturday 20th July 2019

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Thursday 25th July 2019

Salvation Army

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Marie Curie

Sunday 11th August 2019

Skegness Carnival

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Salvation Army

Saturday 14th September 2019


Saturday 28th September 2019

Goldwing Owners Parade for LIVES

26th October 2019 to 9th November 2019

Poppy Appeal



Name of Organisation

Saturday 31st March 2018

Marie Curie

2nd April 2018 - 22nd April 2018

Scope (has home office exemption)

Sunday 1st April 2018

Royal Air Force Association

Friday 29th June 2018

Marie Curie

Saturday 21st July 2018

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Sunday 12th August 2018

Skegness Carnival

Saturday 15th September 2018

Royal Air Forces

Saturday 29th September 2018

Goldwing Owners Club - Notification Only

Saturday 27th October to Saturday 10th November 2018

Poppy Appeal

1st December to 24th December 2018

Skegness Fire Station Santa Sleigh - Firefighters Charity & Skegness Hospital



Name of Organisation

Saturday 4th March 2017

Marie Curie

Saturday 8th July 2017

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Sunday 13th August 2017

Skegness Carnival

Friday 25th August 2017

Marie Curie

Saturday 2nd September 2017

When You Wish Upon A Star

Saturday 16th September 2017

Royal Air Force Association

Saturday 30th September 2017

Salvation Army

Friday 15th December 2017

Salvation Army

Various Dates in December 2017

Firefighters Charity




28th March 2016 - 17th April 2016

Scope (has home office exemption)

Saturday 7th May 2016

Soldiers off the Streets

Saturday 11th June 2016

Salvation Army

Saturday 16th July 2016

Guide Dogs for the Blind (Skegness)

Sunday 14th August 2016

Skegness Carnival Committee

Friday 5th August 2016

Marie Curie

Sunday 28th August 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support

Saturday 17th September 2016

Royal Air Force Association

5th November to 12th November 2016

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Tuesday 15th November 2016

BBC Children in Need - Rickshaw Challenge

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Salvation Army

Saturday 10th December 2016

Hope for tomorrow

Various dates November & December

Firefighters Charity


Provided you follow a number of rules and do not cause a nuisance then you will be able to busk without the need for permission from East Lindsey District Council or Skegness Town Council. This page sets out in detail the rules you will need to follow as well as explaining this authority's stance in relation to busking.

You will not need a licence to busk (provided you follow the rules set out below).

Under the street trading rules you cannot sell items on the street.

If you wish to undertake a charitable street collection then you will need to obtain a charitable street collection permit from Skegness Town Council.

Musical entertainment and busking are generally considered to create a positive atmosphere in a town centre and can enhance the shopping experience. That said, prolonged entertainment at an inappropriate volume can make it difficult for surrounding businesses to operate and ultimately cause nuisance to those who work and shop in the town centre.

With regard to the Licensing Act 2003 the matter of whether musical busking is licensable has not been tested in the courts and so opinion appears to vary from one licensing authority to another. The views expressed by East Lindsey District Council in relation to the 2003 Act are those of this licensing authority only and should not be applied to other authorities without consultation with them.

In most circumstances, busking, in the sense in which the word is normally used, will not be licensable under the terms of the 2003 Act. This is because musical busking is usually 'incidental' to other activities, such as shopping, or the premises where the music is played will not have been provided for busking to take place. The busker is not an influencing factor in the public's wish to use the street or space. This view is supported by the information and guidance on the DCMS's website. There may, however, be instances that fall outside this exemption, for example, where a particular space is actively promoted as being a music venue and people are encouraged to attend the space in order to be entertained by a busker or buskers as part of an audience.

Until such time as the law is clarified or alternative guidance is received the view that musical busking provided in the street is normally to be considered as incidental to the main purpose of the public area (i.e. the passage and re-passage of members of the public). In being incidental the musical entertainment will be exempt from the need to hold an authorisation under the 2003 Act.

Although no licence is required, buskers should ensure that they do not play music at a volume, which causes nuisance to nearby residents or businesses. By virtue of the relevant noise and statutory nuisance legislation noise in the street from musical instruments may be a statutory nuisance and the Local Authority is able to take legal action to abate the nuisance and prohibit or restrict its recurrence; this may include the seizure of musical instruments and amplification equipment. With this in mind we advise the individual concerned to keep volume at an acceptable level.


• Don't obstruct the flow of pedestrians. Remember crowds can cause this problem when gathering to listen or watch.

• Move on to another pitch after an hour, which will help to prevent complaints from local shopkeepers.

• Move on, or stop if required to do so by a Police Officer.

• Don't make use of street furniture such as lamp posts, public seats, etc. for your performance.

• Avoid sites near to public telephone boxes, post boxes or doorways, as this will make it difficult for these to be used properly.