Choosing a registered office address is one of the first decisions that you will make when setting up a limited company. Initially, it may just seem like an inconsequential requirement of company incorporation, but your choice of registered office should be given careful consideration.
You can use your home address as a registered office, provided that it’s located in the same UK jurisdiction where your company is incorporated, but this may not be the best business decision.
Also, it’s important to bear in mind that Companies House publishes registered office addresses on public record. This information can be accessed online and is available to everyone. Using your home address could, therefore, impact your personal privacy.
Moreover, a residential registered office may hinder your ability to establish a professional and credible corporate profile, thus impacting the success and growth of your venture. Whilst your company may be small, your business image needn’t reflect that.
What is the best type of address to use as a registered office?
Invariably, the best type of address to use as a registered office is a non-residential address in a well-known, reputable area. People trust what they know, particularly when dealing with new or unfamiliar SMEs. As a startup or small business, however, leasing commercial premises may not be a feasible or necessary option for you. In such instances, using a professional registered office service from a reputable address provider is the ideal choice.
At Quality Company Formations, our London Registered Office Service in Covent Garden is available for just £39.00 (+VAT) per year, providing a number of benefits to new and existing limited companies, LLPs and charities incorporated in England & Wales, including:
- A prestigious company address in a world-renowned location
- Personal privacy by keeping your home address off the public register of companies
- No unsolicited mail or visitors arriving at your private residence
- A prominent corporate address linked to your company on public record
- Projecting a superior professional image
- Boosting the status of your company
- Building trust and confidence in your business
- Establishing and maintaining a competitive advantage
- Creating a geographical business presence
- Physical premises where statutory correspondence can be delivered
- All statutory company mail scanned and emailed to you within one working day of receipt at your registered office
- A reputable address to display on business communications and websites
- Same-day set up
- No lengthy contracts, expensive lease commitments, or hidden costs
- No overheads or maintenance costs
- Optional on-site services, including meeting space and conference room hire
Legal requirements of a UK registered office address
As per the Companies Act 2006, every limited company and LLP must provide a registered office when incorporating at Companies House. It must be a physical address (not a PO Box number) in the same part of the UK where the company is formed (i.e. England & Wales, Wales only, Scotland, or Northern Ireland).
You can change your registered office at any time, but you must notify Companies House immediately using the form AD01 Change of Registered Office.
As a company director, you will be responsible for maintaining a registered office for the duration of your company’s existence, ensuring that statutory registers are kept there and made available for public inspection upon request – unless you use a SAIL address or choose to maintain your registers at Companies House.
You will also be required to display your registered office on all forms of company stationery, including letters, emails, websites, and promotional material.
Your company’s name needs to be displayed clearly at the registered office; however, this is not a required for dormant companies
You can use your home address as your registered office, but make sure you are absolutely certain you want to.
You can always change your registered office later; however, it’s almost impossible to have a registered office removed from the public record. Even if you change your registered office, it is still visible on the public record as a historical filing. Removing a historical registered office is almost impossible and may only be granted in exceptional circumstances.