Requirements for the Registered Office of a UK Limited Company

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The following guide is designed to help you understand the Registered Office requirements for a UK limited company.

What is a registered office?

What is a valid addresses for a registered office?

Does the registered office address have to be my main trading address?

Where does the registered office address get displayed?

Is there an alternative to using my own address?

What is a registered office?

It is the address of a company to which Companies House letters and reminders will be sent. The registered office can be anywhere in England and Wales (or Scotland if your company is registered there). The registered office must always be an effective address for delivering documents to the company, and to avoid delays it is important that all correspondence sent to this address is dealt with promptly. If a company changes its registered office address after incorporation, the new address must be notified to Companies House on Form AD01 available here - Companies House Forms

The registered office address will also be used by the UK tax authorities, and other government departments, to contact the company.

In the event the company is involved in any legal action official papers will often be served at the registered office address.

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What is a valid addresses for a registered office?

Companies House uses the Post Office address file to verify addresses; so you need to ensure the address is recognised by the Post Office and always give the correct postcode.

It is not permitted to use a Post Office box (PO Box) address as your registered office. You can however use a PO box as your general correspondence address for business mail and use an alternate address for the registered office.

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Does the registered office address have to be my main trading address?

No, you can use one address as your trading address and another address for your registered office. If you are trading from home you may want to consider using one of Simple Formations prestigious addresses as your registered office and using a local PO Box for general correspondence. This ensures your home address is not displayed on the public register at Companies House. A PO box can not be used as a registered office address.

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Where does the registered office address get displayed?

The address will be recorded at Companies House and is freely available on their web site for the general public to view. You must also state the registered office address on your company stationery.

It is a legal requirement to display the name of your company at the registered office address. You can purchase a brass name plate from Simple Formations engraved with your company name and the words “Registered Office” available here – Brass name plate

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Is there an alternative to using my own address?

If you would prefer not to make your address so publicly available or want a more prestigious address why not use one of Simple Formations addresses? Further information is available here – Registered Office Service

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