Consultation on a £20k registration threshold for charities in Northern Ireland

Consultation opened on 20 May 2024. Closing date 11 August 2024 at 23:59.


The Department for Communities is holding a 12 week public consultation on a registration threshold below which charities in Northern Ireland would not be required to register with or report to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.


Consultation description

This Consultation will contribute to the future of registration with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland for charities of low-income.  It is important that views of the public and the charity sector are represented to help determine and develop the registration threshold. Whether you are a charity trustee, a member of a charity, a charity volunteer or a member of the public that supports or benefits from charities, we want to hear your views on this important issue. We are also interested in hearing the views of legal advisors, funders, independent examiners and other regulators or bodies that interact with the Charity Commission.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 20 May 2024 to 11 August 2024. It is recommended that respondents read the consultation documentation above prior to completing the consultation questionnaire.

A series of consultation events which will be hosted both in person and online through May and June 2024. Details can be found below.

A copy of the Privacy Notice is available. The Department has also published its Equality Impact Screening document.

Consultation events

Date Location Booking details
Tuesday 11 June
12:00am – 1:00pm
Strule Arts Centre
Townhall Square
BT78 1BL
Book for Strule Arts Centre
Wednesday 12 June
11:00am - 12:00pm
61 Duncairn Gardens
BT15 2GB
Book for NICVA
Tuesday 18 June
11:30am - 12:30pm
Ballybot House
28 Corn Market
BT35 8BG
Book for Ballybot House
Wednesday 19 June
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Braid
1-29 Bridge Street
BT43 5EJ
Book for The Braid
Tuesday 25 June 2024
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Online event aimed at funders Book for online event aimed at funders
Tuesday 25 June 2024
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Online event Book for online event
Wednesday 26 June
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Holywell Trust
10-12 Bishop Street
BT47 6PW
Book for Holywell Trust


Ways to respond

Email -
Write to -
Registration Threshold Consultation
Charities Team,
Voluntary and Community Division,
Department for Communities,
Causeway Exchange,
1-7 Bedford St,

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