The UK company law requires every company to have a registered office. The registered office must be a real address where it is possible for your company to accept service of documents including legal notices, letters from Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs.
Registered office must be the same as business trading address?
The registered office address need not be the same location of your company’s business address where you company carries on its day to day operations.
For example, many companies use their company formation agents or their accountants’ office addresses as their registered office and they have their business operations elsewhere or they work from home.
Why registered office address is important?
Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs will only send important mails relating to your company affairs to your company registered office address. These mails are to be dealt with promptly.
If you would like Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs to send your mails to another address you must submit an application to change your company registered office address with Companies House. The form is AD01. There is no other way.
If your company’s registered office address was in England and Wales. The new registered office address must also be in England and Wales. It cannot be in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The new address must also be presented in your company annual return and company accounts.
Your company is required by law to provide its registered office address and SAIL address to any person who made a request in writing to ask for these addresses in the course of business. You must respond within 5 working days. The SAIL stands for Single Alternative Inspection Location.
If you require help in changing your company registered office address, our London Accountants will be more than happy to help you. Feel free to contact us.
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