Setting up and running a charity – guidance

Use of church halls for village hall and other charitable purposes (CC18)

How a church hall may be used for other charitable purposes if it is no longer needed exclusively for church purposes.


This guidance advises charity trustees on what to do when a church hall is no longer needed, or only needed occasionally for church purposes. It covers situations when:

  • the charity’s governing document allows non-church purposes
  • there is no longer any genuine church use for the property
  • a new lease is needed
  • a change of use needs consent from the diocesan authority or the Charity Commission
  • trustees want to retain the use of the property for the church at certain times