Community interest companies: forms and step-by-step guides

The processes you need to follow, and the documents you need to submit, when you are a community interest company or you wish to form (or convert to) a community interest company.



A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.

This step-by-step guidance explains what you need to do to:

  • form a CIC
  • form a community interest public limited company (plc)
  • convert an existing company to a CIC
  • convert a charitable company to a CIC
  • convert an industrial and provident society (IPS) to a CIC
  • convert a private company to a community interest plc
  • convert a plc to a community interest plc
  • change or specifying an asset-locked body in the articles of association
  • alter clauses in the articles of association
  • alter the object statement of a CIC
  • change the status of a CIC to a community interest plc
  • convert a CIC to a charitable company
  • convert a CIC to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • convert a CIC to an IPS
  • arrange the voluntary dissolution of a CIC
  • file an annual CIC report and accounts

It includes links to the appropriate forms, model constitutions (including the memorandum of association and articles of association) and model special resolutions.

Published 1 September 2012
Last updated 5 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. New process for a CIC converting to a CIO
  2. Form IN01 continuation sheet added
  3. Updated the notice of intent to remove the company from 3 to 2 months.
  4. Companies House addresses amended
  5. Step-by-step guides updated to reflect new version of IN01
  6. Updated office address
  7. Updated form IN01 link
  8. Updated the convert a CIC to a Registered Society step-by-step guide.
  9. Voluntary dissolution step by step guide updated.
  10. Convert an existing comapny to CIC step-by-step guides updated
  11. First published.