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Society Registration: How To Register

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About Society Registration

A society is an organization in which a group of individuals with similar interest come together to perform some functions. The said societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and the said act is amended by the respective states. The societies are registered and governed as per the said act. Society Registration In IndiaRegistration of society is required to promote the fine arts, science, literature, or knowledge sharing for a purposeful matter or for charity. On the other hand, society is also formed for the maintenance of a residential or commercial complex or for creating the Apartment Association.

For registering a society, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

    • Members: Minimum of seven members for a state society and a minimum of eight members from eight different states (one in Delhi) is compulsory
    • Jurisdiction: Where the registered office of the society is situated. Before the District Registrar in the particular area. For example, Charity Commissioner in Maharashtra.
    • Governing Act: The societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1986.
    • Property management: The property of the society vests in the name of the society and the same can be sold as per the terms mentioned in the bye-laws of the society. (e.g., approval from the Executive Committee Member)
    • Governing Act: The societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1986.
    • Dissolution or closure: Dissolution as per the bye-laws of the society, upon dissolution and after settlement of all debts and liabilities, the funds and property of the society may not be distributed among the members of the society, rather, the remaining funds and property must be given or transferred to some other society, preferably one with similar objects.
    • Board: Executive Committee(President, Secretary, Vice President, Treasurer), General Body (All members)
    • Annual compliance: Societies must file annually, with the Registrar of Societies, a list of the names, addresses and occupations of their managing committee members.

Documents Required

  • Memorandum of Association or MoA: The Memorandum of Association basically contains the name of the society, registered office address of the society, the area of its operations, and the objectives for which the society is established.
  • Bye-laws: The bye-laws of the society is considered as the constitution of the society and it contains the role and responsibilities of the Executive Committee members which includes its President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer. It also mentions the qualification of the members, eligibility, term and termination and all the other processes for the functioning of the society is mentioned in the bye-laws.
  • Proof of registered office – (rental agreement or ownership document)
  • ID proof of all the members of society
  • Two witnesses

Society compliances

A trust shall after its registration shall do the following:

  • Obtain PAN card
  • Open a bank account
  • Bookkeeping and accounts
  • Annual IT filings
  • Professional tax registration, if applicable
  • GST registration, if applicable
  • Compliance with the Registrar of Firm – Filing of AGM resolution, accounts to be disclosed and member list to be filed with the Registrar of Firms.

How Can We Help In Registering

  • A full consultation to understand your requirement and to explain you the process from end to end
  • All the paperwork needed to apply for a society registration, we will keep you informed about the entire process and progress
  • We help you with all the processes and procedures needed for registering your society

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any maximum limit for the number of members in the society?

No. The society can any have any number of members. There is no prescribed upper limit according to the Societies Registration Act. However, there needs to be a minimum of 7 members

In what other ways an NGO can be registered in India?

Based on the cause and objectives, NGOs can be registered as Trust or Section 8 companies.

Can government employees or officers be members of NGO?

Yes. Government employees or officers can be part of NGOs, provided the NGO is not anti-government. Also, there are a few rules the intended members have to follow, one of them is to make sure that the particular organization is not profit making and the members must not draw any salary from the NGO.

How is the property of the society managed?

The property of the society vests in the name of the society and the same can be sold as per the terms mentioned in the bye-laws of the society. (e.g., approval from the Executive Committee Member)

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