Companies House: guidance for limited companies, partnerships and other company types

A collection of guides about registering, filing and disclosing information with Companies House.

Company incorporation and names

This guide includes information and advice about:

  • how to incorporate a limited company
  • the type of company you wish to incorporate
  • the company’s officers
  • choosing a company name including controls and restrictions
  • disclosure of company name and other information
  1. Incorporation and names

    • Guidance

Confirmation statement

The guide covers:

  • the confirmation statement (form CS01)
  • share capital
  • company registers

Submitting your confirmation statement online

  1. Confirmation statement: guidance

    • Guidance

Company registers

This guide includes information and advice about:

  • register of members
  • register of people with significant control
  • information on the central public register
  • register of directors
  • register of directors’ usual residential addresses
  • register of secretaries
  1. Company registers

    • Guidance


Guidance for rules governing the filing of accounts of UK registered companies, including:

  • accounting reference dates
  • accounting records
  • micro-entity accounts
  • small company accounts
  • medium company accounts
  • dormant company accounts
  1. Life of a company: annual requirements

    • Guidance

Changes to the company

Information about changes that UK companies need to file and the rules and requirements on submitting them.

Includes changes to:

  • directors and secretaries
  • registered office
  • company records
  • company name
  • change of constitution
  • share capital
  • charges
  1. Life of a company: event driven filings

    • Guidance

Company strike off, dissolution and restoration

Information for directors, secretaries or company advisers about how to dissolve a company or restore a company to the register.

Includes information on:

  • why a company may apply to be struck off
  • when a company cannot apply to be struck off
  • how to apply and who to tell
  • how strike off and restoration notices are published in the Gazette
  • withdrawing a strike off application
  • objecting to a company’s dissolution
  • offences and penalties
  • what happens to companies no longer in operation
  • how to restore a company to the register by a court order or administrative restoration

Late filing penalties (LFP)

How an LFP will be imposed if your company accounts are not filed on time and how to appeal against an LFP.

The guidance explains:

  • LFPs
  • how to avoid an LFP
  • what to do when an LFP has been imposed
  • how to appeal an LFP
  1. Late filing penalties

    • Guidance

Registrar’s rules and powers

This guide outlines the powers of the registrar of companies as per Part 35 of the Companies Act 2006, which also applies to limited liability partnerships.

The guidance explains:

  • the registrar’s powers which relate to the delivery of information
  • the registrar’s powers to amend the register
  • other registrar powers

Restricting the disclosure of your information

How to restrict access to your information on the public register.

This guide will be relevant to you if you:

  • are a director that wants to restrict disclosure of your residential address
  • are a person with significant control (PSC) that wants to restrict disclosure of your residential address
  • are a PSC of a company that wants to restrict disclosure of all your PSC information on the public register
  • act as an adviser to a company, unlimited company or SE
  • are seeking to suppress specified addresses from continuing to be published on the public register

Liquidation and insolvency

This guidance provides a basic overview of insolvency and liquidation proceedings and summarises some of the rules that apply to:

  • company voluntary arrangements
  • moratoria
  • administrations
  • receivers
  • voluntary liquidations
  • compulsory liquidations
  • EC regulations

Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)

  1. Confirmation statement guidance for LLPs

    • Guidance
  2. Limited liability partnership incorporation and names

    • Guidance
  3. Limited liability partnership accounts guidance

    • Guidance
  4. Limited liability partnership registers

    • Guidance
  5. Life of a limited liability partnership

    • Guidance
  6. Limited liability partnership strike off, dissolution and restoration

    • Guidance
  7. Late filing penalties: limited liability partnerships

    • Guidance
  8. Restricting the disclosure of your information: Limited Liability Partnerships

    • Guidance
  9. Liquidation and insolvency: limited liability partnerships

    • Guidance
  10. Liquidation and insolvency: limited liability partnerships (Northern Ireland)

    • Guidance
  11. Liquidation and insolvency: limited liability partnerships (Scotland)

    • Guidance

Overseas companies

European economic interest groupings (EEIGs)

European public companies Societas Europaea (SEs)

Limited partnerships (LPs)

This guide explains what you need to do if you’re:

  • intending to register a limited partnership
  • intending to be designated as a private fund limited partnership
  • a limited or general partner of a limited partnership
  • acting as an adviser to a limited partnership

It also contains guidance on People with Significant Control (PSC) for Scottish limited partnerships.

  1. Register a limited partnership

    • Guidance

Cross border mergers


Paper filing requirements

  1. Company details on documents

    • Guidance

Nationalities and countries

This guide lists the standard nationalities and countries you can send us.

People with significant control (PSC)

Rectification of mortgage charges

  1. Rectification of Charges

    • Guidance

Guide to our official statistics

This guidance provides definitions for the main terms used in Companies House official statistics publications.

Published 13 November 2014
Last updated 15 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Latest confirmation statement guidance added to collection.
  2. LLP accounts guidance added to collection.
  3. Collection title has changed.
  4. Nationalities added to guidance collection.
  5. Reference to PSC guidance for Scottish LPs added.
  6. Scottish partnerships PSC guidance and restricting disclosure of information added to the guidance collection.
  7. New confirmation statement video added.
  8. Link to confirmation statement video added to the page.
  9. Definitions to accompany our statistical releases guidance added to the guidance collection.
  10. Reordered titles and names following the implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act
  11. Limited liability partnership registers added to LLP guidance collection
  12. Company registers guidance added to the company guidance collection
  13. LLP guidance for the confirmation statement added to the page
  14. Confirmation statement guidance added to the collection of guidance
  15. Rectification of charges added to the guidance
  16. Draft PSC guidance added to the collection
  17. New guidance added to collection: Company details on paper documents.
  18. Inconsistencies guidance added to collection
  19. First published.