Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Changing your charity's governing document (CC36)

Guidance for charity trustees, secretaries and advisers on making changes to a charity's governing document.



Guidance on how to make changes to a charity’s governing document.

Trustees should check the governing document first as it may contain a procedure for making amendments or need Charity Commission consent.

When you apply to have your governing document amended, you will need to have:

  • details of the changes to the governing document
  • the reasons for the amendments
  • the date of the meeting when the changes were agreed

This guidance is for unincorporated charities and charitable companies - it is not suitable for CIOs, NHS charities or those governed by Royal Charter.