Street and House To House Collections Act, 1962


1.—In this Act, save where the context otherwise requires—

“Chief Superintendent” means a Chief Superintendent for the time being of the Garda Síochána and includes an officer of the Garda Síochána acting as a Chief Superintendent;

“collection” means a collection of money from the public in any public place or places or by house to house visits or both in such place or places and by such visits for the benefit (actual, alleged or implied) of a particular object, whether charitable or not charitable, and whether any badge, emblem or other token is or is not exchanged or offered in exchange for money so collected, but does not include street-trading within the meaning of the Street Trading Act, 1926 , collecting money for a lottery (including a sweepstake) declared by the Gaming and Lotteries Act, 1956 , not to be unlawful or to which that Act does not apply, or collecting money in the ordinary course of trade or business, or begging or receiving alms, and references to a collection include references to an attempt to collect money; and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;

“collection permit” means a permit granted under this Act authorising a person to hold a collection;

“collector's authorisation” means an authorisation granted under section 14 of this Act;

“hold”, in relation to a collection, includes organise and promote; and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;

“house” includes any building occupied for residential or business purposes and also includes part of a building so occupied;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Justice;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under section 28 of this Act;

“public place” means any place to which the public have access whether as of right or by permission and whether subject to or free of charge but does not include a church or building used for public worship or the grounds of a church or of such a building;

“unauthorised collection” has the meaning specified in section 3 of this Act.