Apply for consent to hand out printed material; this only applies within the city centre.

Free printed matter includes any newspaper, document, card, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, sticker or any other material for which there is no charge to the recipient.

The map in the Downloads section defines Wolverhampton city centre.

We consent the distribution of free printed matter to limit the amount of paper waste thrown on the pavement and pedestrianised areas.

If you distribute free printed matter and are not in possession of valid consent, you are liable to a fine of up to £2,500.

An offence is also committed if someone 'causes' another person to distribute free printed matter in a designated area without consent.

You do not need permission if the printed material is being distributed:

  • in letterboxes
  • inside a building, bus or taxi
  • on behalf of a charity
  • for political or religious purposes or other beliefs

How to apply

Please complete an application form from the Download section and return the form with the correct fee to the postal or email address below.


See application form.

Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or you can request that payment be taken over the phone or by bank transfer.

Contact Us

Please contact Licensing providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:

Licensing Services
Regeneration and Environment
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square