Charity registration with the Charity Commission
Charity registration with the Charity Commission

The following Private Client guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Charity registration with the Charity Commission
  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • Registration of charities with the Commission
  • Obligation to register with the Commission
  • Charitable organisations
  • Charitable organisations excluded from the need to register with the Commission
  • Steps prior to registration with the Commission
  • Registration with the Commission

The Charity Commission for England and Wales

The Charity Commission for England and Wales (the Commission) emerged following the Charities Act 1960 (ChA 1960). Its role and powers have been enhanced by the Charities Act 1993 and Charities Act 2006). The Charities Act 2011 (CA 2011) came into effect on 14 March 2012, it replaces most of the Charities Acts 1992, 1993 and 2006 and all of the Recreational Charities Act 1958.

The Commission has four offices located in London, Liverpool, Taunton and Newport. The first point of contact for all charities is through Charity Commission Direct (based at the Liverpool office), a charity is then allocated to whichever office has the relevant expertise required by the charity.

The address for Charity Commission Direct is:

Charity Commission Direct

PO Box 1227

Liverpool

L69 3UG

Telephone: 0845 300 0218 (general queries), 0845 300 0219 (typetalk)

Email: enquiries@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

The Commission has a website at http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Registration of charities with the Commission

The main purposes of the register are:

  1. to provide a permanent central record of property devoted to charity

  2. to provide the public including social workers, potential donors, beneficiaries and benefactors with information about charities whether open to all or restricted to special needs and localities

  3. to provide simple and authoritative means of determining whether an organisation is charitable in law, so what is registered as charitable shall be

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