FAQs about registering a charity

Commonly asked questions about starting a charity and the registration process.

Requirements

How do I start a charity? Your charity must have charitable aims with an income over £5,000. Find out more.

Do we need to register if our charity's income will only be over £5,000 for this year? You shouldn’t need to register if your income goes over £5,000 only once. Find out more.

Can we register as a charity if our income is less than £5,000? You can’t register if your income is less than £5,000. Find out how to be recognised as charitable by HMRC.

What are the advantages of being a registered charity? Registered charities can enjoy some financial advantages making it easier to raise funds. Find out more.

Online application

Can I save my registration application and come back to it later? Completing the first six screens will give you a reference number to come back at any time. Find out how.

How long does it take to register a charity? Once submitted, the registration process is quick and straightforward. Find out more.

Can we view the registration form before starting our application? Completing the first six screens will give you a reference number to come back at any time. Find out how.

How do I access a saved registration application? Completing the first six screens will give you a reference number to come back at any time. Find out how.

How do I correct a mistake on our registration application? Completion of the first six screens gives you a reference number, use this to make amendments. Find out how.

Charity types

Which governing document is right for my charity? The type of governing document you choose will depend on your charity type. Find out more.

Should my charity become a charitable company? Becoming a charitable company can have many benefits and becomes a legal entity. Find out more.

How do I convert an existing charity into a charitable company? Becoming a charitable company involves registration with Companies House and removing your existing charity. Find out how.

General information

How can my charity get funding if it isn't registered? HMRC will recognise you as charitable for fundraising and banking purposes. Find out how.

Can I register the UK branch of an overseas charity? Your overseas charity may be eligible for registration if it satisfies the laws of England and Wales. Find out how.

What is an 'exempt' charity? Exempt charities are regulated by another body and listed in the Charities Act 2011. Find out more.

Do we have to register as a charity? If your income is £5,000 or over then you need to apply for registration. Find out how.

Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)

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