Online application to become a charity guidance

Published: 01/04/2019
Updated: 16/07/2019


This guidance explains how to apply for charitable status using the online application form.

It details the information you need to have before you apply, how to log in and how to navigate our online form.

Before starting an application to become a charity, you need to read and understand the Thinking of becoming a charity section of our website.

The section explains what you need to think about before you apply and will help you to give us the information we need to consider your application without delay.


This guidance does not cover the specific details of individual questions in the online application form for charitable status.

The application form will ask you different questions depending what kind of charity you are thinking of setting up. There are specific guidance notes relating to the questions within the form.