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Charity registration updates

The Commission’s registration team will this week be issuing updates to over 1,000 organisations which are currently waiting to be contacted to apply for charity registration, as well as those which are known as “section 167 organisations”*.

The updates will be issued to organisations still on record to be contacted to apply for charity registration in due course or, in the case of section 167 organisations, when the relevant section of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 is commenced. The aim of the updates is to provide reassurance that the organisations will be contacted by the Commission in the future to apply for registration as part of a managed process, and to provide an opportunity to update their details if necessary.

If you received a recent update email from the team, and would like to make any change or confirm a charity closure you can do so via the ‘Combined List Form’ here. Please ensure only this form is used.

If you have other queries, please see our registration FAQs, which are online here. If your query is to do with the impact of the February 2020 Court of Appeal judgment on charity registration, please click here.

* Section 167 organisations are organisations governed by the law of another jurisdiction but that operate in Northern Ireland. Under Section 167 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 these are organisations which are not charities under the law of Northern Ireland, and were established outside of Northern Ireland, but which operate for charitable purposes in or from Northern Ireland. These organisations may be required to apply for registration with the Commission however they may be subject to different annual reporting obligations. Section 167 institutions will not be called forward until the Department for Communities has enacted that section of the legislation and made regulations outlining financial statements and statements of activities which such institutions will be required to submit to the Commission. Further details will be available once the regulations are made and consulted on.