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

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

Online services

Find out about the benefits of our online filing services, and how to:

  • send your information to Companies House online
  • upload a document to Companies House
  • sign up for email reminders
  • send your information online using software
  • get an authentication code to file online

Request to have your authentication code sent to your home address if you cannot access your company’s registered office.

Starting a company

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

Running a company

Information that UK companies need to file, including guidance on:

  • directors and secretaries
  • resolutions
  • change of constitution
  • share capital
  • re-registration
  • company records

Annual filings

Guidance about:

  • the confirmation statement
  • accounting reference dates
  • accounting records
  • types of accounts

People with significant control

Mortgage charges

How to:

  • register a new charge at Companies House
  • tell us about any you’ve paid off
  • register as a lender to file charges online
  • make an application to rectify a charge

Closing and restoring a company

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

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

Protecting your personal information

Guidance about the public register, including:

  • what the public record is
  • what information we make available to the public for free
  • how the public can access information
  • how long your information remains publicly available
  • how to restrict access to your information

This guidance will apply if you:

  • are a director or LLP member 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 that wants to restrict disclosure of all your PSC information on the public register
  • act as an adviser to a company, LLP, 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

Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)

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 PSCs for Scottish limited partnerships.

European and overseas companies

Some European entities formed under EU law can no longer be registered in the UK.

The filing requirements for a UK company or LLP with EEA corporate officers have changed. You must now provide the corporate officer’s:

  • name
  • registered (or principal) office address
  • legal form and its governing law
  • register and registration number (if applicable)

You can also file a paper form to:

Register of Overseas Entities

The Register of Overseas Entities came into force in the UK on 1 August 2022 through the new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022.

Overseas entities who want to buy, sell or transfer property or land in the UK, must register with Companies House and tell us who their registrable beneficial owners or managing officers are.

Accessibility and reasonable adjustments


Paper filing requirements

Guide to our official statistics

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


Our live webinars are designed to provide you with quick and useful guidance on a range of topics, at a time and place of your choosing.

During the webinar, you can ask us questions using the on-screen text box. Our online team of experts will do their best to answer all your queries, or direct you to helpful guidance.

Updates to this page

Published 13 November 2014
Last updated 14 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added video about changes to UK company law.

  2. File an overseas entity update statement added to ROE collection.

  3. Added ROE approach to enforcement.

  4. Find a UK-regulated agent added to the ROE group.

  5. New group created - Register of Overseas Entities

  6. The government has removed coronavirus (COVID‑19) domestic restrictions - guidance has been updated with any measures that remain in place.

  7. Users can contact Companies House using our British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service.

  8. Added section on accessibility support.

  9. Removed section on 'Brexit' and added information to section on 'European and overseas companies'.

  10. Updated following the end of Brexit transition. Removed cross border mergers, SE and EEIG guidance. Added UK societas and UKEIG guidance.

  11. Guidance added for changes from 1 January 2021.

  12. Collection of webinars added.

  13. Latest confirmation statement guidance added to collection.

  14. LLP accounts guidance added to collection.

  15. Collection title has changed.

  16. Nationalities added to guidance collection.

  17. Reference to PSC guidance for Scottish LPs added.

  18. Scottish partnerships PSC guidance and restricting disclosure of information added to the guidance collection.

  19. New confirmation statement video added.

  20. Link to confirmation statement video added to the page.

  21. Definitions to accompany our statistical releases guidance added to the guidance collection.

  22. Reordered titles and names following the implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act

  23. Limited liability partnership registers added to LLP guidance collection

  24. Company registers guidance added to the company guidance collection

  25. LLP guidance for the confirmation statement added to the page

  26. Confirmation statement guidance added to the collection of guidance

  27. Rectification of charges added to the guidance

  28. Draft PSC guidance added to the collection

  29. New guidance added to collection: Company details on paper documents.

  30. Inconsistencies guidance added to collection

  31. First published.