What is a registered office address?
Your company’s registered office address is where official communications will be sent – for example, letters from Companies House.
What is Companies House?
Companies House is primarily the UK government’s appointed registrar of companies, responsible for formally incorporating, overseeing and dissolving UK companies – both limited companies and limited liability partnerships, both of which must be registered with Companies House and follow the legal operational rules that it administers.
As part of its governmental mandate, Companies House holds, and makes publicly available, substantial amounts of information on registered companies and the key individuals involved in their management and administration.
All registered companies are legally obliged to provide Companies House with prescribed data on a regular basis, (such as the state of their accounts and who the current investors and directors are, as well as what business activities it’s currently engaged in and how it’s trading, which is generally described in the company’s annual confirmation statement).
If a company is created, renamed, relocated, restructured, bought, sold or closed down, this is where the records of those actions reside.
As soon as a new company is created with Companies House, it will be given a unique sequential company number that will remain with it for its entire existence – unlike its name, which a company may change as often as it chooses.
How to register with Companies House
The way in which you'll need to register your business with Companies House will vary based on the type of business model you choose: sole traders and partnerships don't need to register with Companies House, whereas limited companies and limited liability partnerships (LLP) do.
Take a look at the guide to which types of businesses need to be registered for more information.
What are the rules around registered addresses?
The registered address must be a physical address in the UK, and it must also be in the same country your company is registered – for example, a company registered in Scotland must have a registered office address in Scotland.
You can use a PO Box, but you must still include a physical address and postcode. You can also use address of the person who will manage your Corporation Tax. You can even appoint an agent, such as an accountant or a designated company administration agency (often an agency whom you may have instructed to do your company formation), to host your registered address for you, although you will still remain responsible for that correspondence.
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