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Registering a New Charity

Usually a charity will need to register with the Charity Commission. This applies to all charities based in England or Wales with an annual income of over £5,000 per year. If the charity is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) then it must register regardless of income.

You should not register a charity until the funding and structure have been decided on and trustees have been recruited. 

There are some exceptions that are not required to register with the Charity Commission. Small unincorporated charities with an annual income of less than £5,000 are exempt, as are 'excepted' charities with an annual income of less than £1000,000 (some Christian churches and chapels, armed forces charitable groups and Scout and Guide groups).

If you are regulated by a separate organisation then you will also be exempt. This includes most universities in England, many museums and galleries and some school bodies and academies. 

Each trustee must read and sign a trustee declaration form to confirm they can act as a trustee of the organisation.

We can advise you on the process of registering your organisation. 




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