As a minimum any charity should have the following documentation in place and in knowledge of all trustees.

  1. Constitution
  2. Accurate information on Charity Commissions Online Register
  3. Accounting practices
  4. Policies and Procedures
  5. List of Charity Services with Procedures


Newly registered Charities

Newly registered charities, if required to submit their Trustees’ Annual Report and/or Annual Return documents have 10 months from the end of their first financial period to send their documents to the Commission.

Charities are required to submit documents to the Charity Commission as follows:


Good Governance

Charities should also follow Good Governance procedures. A detailed guide is available here Charity Governance Code

Download the Charity Governance Code for Small Charities here

Download the Governance guide for Faith Charities here