Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Royal Charter charities

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



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.