Registration with the Charity Commission

Since 1st October 2008, PCCs with gross income over £100,000 have been required to register with the Charity Commission.

The Archbishops’ Council has worked with the Charity Commission to make the process as simple as possible. We have agreed Approved Governing Documents.  Full guidance on registering is currently being updated and will be provided here soon. You can also access the On-Line Registration Portal of the Charity Commission website. A link is provided here for your convenience. You will need to attach a copy of our Governing Documents, and a pdf summarising them is available here for you to use.  You will also need to attach a statement of belief – we suggest that you used this summary Statement of Faith.

Once you’re a registered charity, you will need to submit an Annual Return and a copy of your Report & Accounts. This will need to be done online.

For registered PCCs, we also offer guidance on when you should show your registered status. Registered charities will also need to report serious incidents to the Charity Commission.

Please note: parishes can no longer seek a written determination to not have to register with the charity commission if annual income is exceptionally above £100,000, and so all parishes with annual income over £100,000 in any year must register with the charity commission. By the end of March 2031, all parishes with annual income over £5,000 must be registered with the charity commission.

Change to ALL Charity Commission Email Addresses

From 31 March 2019, any emails sent to Charity Commission email addresses containing the letters “gsi” will not be received by the Charity Commission. All Serious Incident Reports should be sent to the new email address: