Trustees applying to incorporate a trust board

How to apply, and what you’ll need to provide

You can apply for incorporation online, by uploading the required form; or manually, by returning the form to us in the post or by email. There is no fee when applying to incorporate as a charitable trust.


Please follow the steps below to submit your application.

If you are applying online

Before you apply online for incorporation as a charitable trust board, you must have:

  • a RealMe® login
  • an online services account with the Companies Office

You’ll also need to have all the necessary information ready.

Step by step

To submit your application using our online service:

  1. Log in to your online services account.
  2. Select ‘Incorporate a Charitable Trust’ from the online dashboard.
  3. Enter proposed name of your charitable trust board and check on name availability by clicking ‘Name Availability Check’, if you have not already done this by searching our registers.
  4. Select the application type – trustees as a board.
  5. Upload the required application form, trust deed/rules and any supporting documents, and select ‘Next Step Addresses’.
  6. Add your registered office and communication addresses, and email and phone, if you wish (optional).
  7. On the review screen, check all information entered and complete the signatory details.
  8. Select ‘Submit’.

Log in and incorporate a trust board online

To submit your application manually

  1. Download Form CT1 - Application by trustees for incorporation as a charitable trust board.
  2. Complete the application form (see requirements).

Send the completed application form, and a copy of the trust deed or rules to us.

By post to —

Companies Office
Private Bag 92061
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

or by email to

What happens next

We'll check your application. The processing time is up to 3 working days from the date we receive your application.

If your application is in order, we will register your board name. We’ll email or post a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation to the person who filed the application.

All help topics

Getting started on the register 8 guides

Searching the Charitable Trusts Register 2 guides

Searching the register for information about charitable trust boards and their status.

Starting a charitable trust board 5 guides

To incorporate a charitable trust board you must submit an application, along with the required documents. There is no registration fee.

Keeping charitable trust board details up to date 7 guides

Ending a charitable trust board 2 guides

There are two ways to end a charitable trust board. If the board is no longer operating, it can apply to be dissolved. If it is unable to pay its debts, it can be placed in liquidation.

Restoring a charitable trust board to the register 1 guide

A trust board that has been removed from the Charitable Trusts Register can apply to us to be restored.

Forms 1 guide

Find the forms you'll need to register your charitable trust board or keep its details up to date. Please note: there are no fees for registering or maintaining a charitable trust board.