Royal Charter charities

Guidance for charities governed by Royal Charter, or seeking Charter status.

Applies to England and Wales



Guidance from the Charity Commission with input from the Privy Council Office (PCO).

Charities with a Royal Charter or those seeking Charter status need to involve the commission and/or the PCO to:

  • apply for a Royal Charter
  • amend a governing document
  • merge with another charity
  • get regulatory advice or authority

This guidance explains when and how to approach the commission and PCO to enable them to handle applications efficiently.

Published 23 May 2013