Charity Registration Process
These guidance notes have been preapred by the URC Trust to assist local churches in complying with the requirements of the Charities Act 2006. They have been approved by the Charity Commission. We acknowledge the advice and assistane of our legal advisers, Towns Needham and the generosity of the Chuirch of England in allowing us to use some of the text and graphics from their guidance notes. where applicable.
For many years religious charities, though they have come under the jurisdiction of the Charity Commisison and have been subject to charity law, have been "excepted" from the need to register. Changes coming into effect as a result of the passing of the Charities Act 2006 mean that the assets of some local churches and other church organisations (such as Synods) will require to be registered with the Charity Commission in a process commencing on January 1 2009. These notes aim to answer your questions and guide you through this process, if indeed it applies to you.