You must have a governing document in place before you apply to register your charity. A governing document is the rule book for your charity, setting out:
- what your charity is set up to do
- how it should be run
- who should run it
- how it will make changes to the way it is run
You can decide which type of governing document is best for you from our guidance:
If your charity is part of a national or umbrella group (eg a branch of PTA-UK), you may be able to use an approved governing document.
Approved governing documents contain standard aims and administrative procedures specific to your type of charity.