Questions and answers

Does a charity need a registered address?

Does a charity need a registered address?

Every charity needs to provide a contact address which is displayed to the public. A charity must consider which address would be suitable for display. We do not show trustees’ addresses on the charity register, unless the address has been provided as the public contact address for the charity.

Where is the Charity Commission based?

The Charity Commission answers directly to the UK Parliament rather than to government ministers….Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed 1853
Jurisdiction England and Wales
Headquarters Petty France, London
Employees 420

How do I contact the Charities Commission?

call us: 0300 066 9197 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. use our enquiry form.

Can a charity have a PO box address?

your charity’s public contact details, including a postal address – this cannot usually be a PO Box address except in special circumstances (such as for a refuge) a copy of your charity’s governing document as a PDF file – which has been signed or witnessed as necessary.

How long does it take to register with the Charity Commission?

Whilst 18 months ago it would often take two to three months to register a new charity, we now find the Commission’s average response time to be about five to six months.

What is an unregistered charity?

An unregistered charity isn’t incorporated, so those running it are not protected by limited liability. Registered charities tend to be seen more positively by donors and some trusts and companies will only fund registered charities.

Who is the Charity Commission?

We are the regulator of charities in England and Wales and maintain the charity register. We are an independent, non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament. As registrar, we are responsible for maintaining an accurate and up-to-date register of charities.

Do I need to register with the Charity Commission?

All Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) must register with the Charity Commission, regardless of their annual income. CIOs do not formally exist as charities until they are registered.

Can I run a charity without registering?