About our services
Information about our online services and the contact forms you need to complete tasks.
Log in to continue a task
You can log in to Charity Commission online services to finish a task you’ve already started, such as:
- an annual return (the 2017 annual service will be available soon)
- updating your charity or trustees details
- continuing your application to register a charity
Request a new or replacement password
If you are an established, registered charity you can request a new or replacement password online.
You’ll need to enter your charity number and the password will be emailed to the address we have on file.
If you are applying to register a charity and need a new password, you can request it through our online service.
Complete your annual return
You can read how to complete your annual return online.
The annual return service for 2017 will be available to use by 31 August.
We will let you know when the 2017 system is available. Keep a check on this website for information.
Change your charity details
Our online service allows you to contact us and request changes to your charity details. You can use this service to change:
- contact details
- email addresses (for the public and for the Charity Commission to contact you)
- trustee details
- website address
- financial year end
- where your charity operates
- the charity’s classifications - what it does, who it helps and how it does it
- the description of your charity’s activities
- bank or building society account details
Change a charity name
Read guidance and use our e-form to request a change to a charity name. This service will be updated soon so it will be an end-to-end digital service.
Change your governing document
Read guidance and use our e-form to request a change to a governing document. This form will be updated soon so it will be an end-to-end digital service.
Close your charity
Read our guidance to find out how to close a charity. You’ll also need to complete the closure form on the guidance page to remove a charity from the register.
Transfer of assets
Found out how to transfer a charity’s money, investments or property to another charity if it closes, merges or is replaced by a charitable company or CIO.
Apply to merge or link charities
We have detailed guidance about how to merge or link charities. The guidance page also has a link to our form to submit your request to the Charity Commission.
Apply to add ‘charity’ to a company name
If your organisation isn’t a charity you need to apply for permission to use the word ‘charity’ in a company name. Our policy about names explains what you should consider and how to apply.
If your organisation is a charity, we have separate guidance to help you choose a charity name.
Get a charity registration certificate
This document proves that your organisation is a registered charity. You may need a registration certificate when opening a bank account or applying for a grant.
Read our guidance about charity registration certificates and how to apply for one.
Raise a concern or complain about a charity
You should complain to the charity directly unless you are concerned about illegal activity. Read our guidance find out what to do if you need to complain about a charity.
Report a serious incident
If you are a trustee of a registered charity and you want to report a serious incident in your charity you can:
call 0300 065 2199 (24 hour voicemail service)
We will let you know when we’ve received your report, and will assess how you are dealing with the incident.
We will contact you again if we:
- need more information about the incident
- need to give you regulatory advice and guidance
- need to use our legal powers to protect your charity
Charity trustee disqualification
You can read our guidance about trustee disqualification and check the register of removed trustees.
Ask us to review a decision we’ve made
Our complaints procedure explains what you need to do if you want the Charity Commission to review a decision.
Charity employees can report concerns about certain categories of serious wrongdoing at their charity to the Charity Commission.
Read our whistleblowing guidance to find out more about the process and how to get in touch with the Charity Commission.
Buy, sell, lease, mortgage or transfer charity land and property
Find out how to follow charity law and what to do when you need to buy, sell, lease, mortgage or transfer charity land and property.
Sell or lease property to someone connect to your charity
Find out how about selling or leasing charity property and how to complete the online request form.
Apply to transfer property to Official Custodian
Read our guidance to find out how to ask the Official Custodian for Charities to hold the title to your charity’s land on your behalf.
Spend or transfer permanent endowment
Permanent endowment is money or property that was originally meant to be held by a charity forever.
Our guidance explains the processes around permanent endowment, and how to apply for consent to spend it.
Apply to make a moral (ex gratia) payment
Charities can only spend their money on projects or activities that support the aims stated in their governing documents. But there may be times when trustees feel they should make a payment out of a moral obligation.
How to pay trustees
Read about the rules for paying charity trustees and how to request permission from the Charity Commission.
Charity advisers: how to submit accounts for a client charity
The charity must first authorise you to submit its accounts. Once the charity has done this (it takes 1 day for it to take effect) and its accounts are prepared and agreed by the trustees:
- register to use this service - you’ll receive an email with login details and an 8 character password
- log in - you’ll see a list of charities that have authorised you to submit their accounts
- click on a charity’s name to upload its accounts as a PDF file
If you don’t see a charity you expect, ask the charity to check it authorised the correct email address (the one you used to register for the service) at least 1 day ago.
Help with online forms and services
If you need help to use a form or online service you can contact us by telephone.
We also have a general enquiries form. If you contact us using this form we aim to respond within 15 working days.