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)
  • people with significant control (PSC)
  • share capital
  • company registers
  1. Confirmation statement

    • 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
  1. Company strike off, dissolution and restoration

    • Guidance

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
  1. Company registrar’s rules and powers

    • Guidance

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
  1. Restricting the disclosure of your information

    • Guidance

Liquidation and insolvency

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

  • corporate voluntary arrangements
  • moratoria
  • administrations
  • receivers
  • voluntary liquidations
  • compulsory liquidations
  • EC regulations
  1. Liquidation and insolvency

    • Guidance
  2. Liquidation and insolvency: companies in Northern Ireland

    • Guidance
  3. Liquidation and insolvency: companies in Scotland

    • Guidance

European economic interest groupings (EEIGs)

  1. European economic interest groupings (EEIG)

    • Guidance

European public companies Societas Europaea (SEs)

  1. European companies in the UK: registration and administration

    • Guidance

Limited partnerships (LPs)

  1. Limited partnership act

    • Guidance

Cross border mergers

  1. Cross border mergers: filing requirements in the UK

    • Guidance

Conducting business in Welsh

  1. Conducting business with Companies House in Welsh

    • Guidance


  1. Inconsistencies on the public register

    • Guidance

Paper filing requirements

  1. Company details on documents

    • Guidance

People with significant control (PSC)

  1. PSC requirements for companies and limited liability partnerships

    • Guidance

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.

  1. Definitions to accompany our statistical releases

    • Guidance