Registration with the Charity Commission

Parochial Church Council’s (PCCs) with a gross annual income of over £100,000 are required to be registered with the Charity Commission.

The Archbishops’ Council continues to work with the Charity Commission to make the process as simple as possible and have agreed Approved Governing Documents.

The guide below has been developed to assist those making an application to complete the online form. PCC representatives can apply using the online registration portal on the Charity Commission website, with a link to “start or continue a charity registration application” a short scroll down the page.

Two of the documents you will need when applying are:

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 PCCs with an annual incomes of over £5,000, will be required to be registered with the Charity Commission. The process for this is likely to start in 2026. More information will be provided nearer that time.

After registration

Annual Returns

Once you’re a registered charity, you will need to prepare and submit an Annual Return which will need to be done online through a My Charity Commission Account.

The Charity Commission have produced guidance on completing 2023 annual returns.

To assist with responding to section 6 of the annual return, we have been advised that the Charity Commission consider a PCC to be a subsidiary of (one of) the Church of England Charities. The Archbishops’ Council, being an example of a parent charity.

Related pages: The Annual Report

Registered status

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.

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 email address: rsi@charitycommission.gov.uk.


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Published: July 2012 – Last updated: 04 June 2024 – Next review due: June 2025