Do I need to register?

Many people starting a charity assume they need to register with us, or think that a registered charity number is necessary to carry out voluntary work. However, in the UK today there are probably over 500,000 voluntary organisations but fewer than 180,000 of these are registered charities.

Applying to register a charity is a complex process, and we don’t want to waste your time if it’s not necessary for you to do so. This section explains:

It also provides information on specific types of charity that don't have to register ('Excepted' and 'Exempt' charities) and on Charitable Incorporated Organisations.

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