Choosing a legal structure is about deciding how your group will be run, how decisions will be made, and how formal the organisation needs to be.

Think carefully about what you actually want your group to do. Many small, volunteer run groups only need a fairly informal structure which doesn’t require lots of work to set up or maintain.

These pages will help you understand the basics of different legal structures, so that you can get on with running your group.


Use this RouteMap to help you work out what legal structure is right for your not-for-profit group.

Legal structures for community groups and not-for-profit organisations

This page provides simple explanation of different types of not-for-profit organisation, and what to consider when choosing a legal structure.

Charity Registration

Information to help your community organisation understand whether it is or could be a charity, whether it should register with the Charity Commission, and how to do so.

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