Model governing documents

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Published
10th September 2020
Last updated
11th April 2022
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When registering a new co‑op you need governing documents. These are different depending on the legal form your co-op takes. We have a range of model rules available which you can use when registering via Co‑operatives UK – and that we can tailor specifically for your co‑op.

We offer free model rules templates for a range of organisational types. 

If the type of co-op or legal form you are hoping to register is not listed, please contact the advice team.

Before using our model governing documents

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will only process registrations using Co-operatives UK model governing documents if our consent is provided

We can only provide consent if you use our registration tool (step 6.1). You can read more about governing documents via our step by step tool. If you have questions relating to the governing document in advance of registering your co-op, contact our advice team. By using our registration tool and service:

  • We can ensure that the correct model rules are being used.
  • Any changes made to model rules are in line with the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
  • That the society's application meets the conditions for registration.
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Multi‑stakeholder Co‑operative Society Model
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Housing Co‑operative General Meeting Governed Model
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Mutual Home Ownership Society Rules
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