02. 05. 2024

Companies House changes to registered office addresses

Companies House changes to registered office addresses

Under the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act, businesses will no longer be able to use PO Box numbers as a registered office address on the Companies House register

Companies must now have an ‘appropriate address’ as their registered office at all times. An appropriate address is one where:

  • any documents sent to the registered office should be expected to come to the attention of a person acting on behalf of the company; and
  • any documents sent to that address can be recorded by an acknowledgement of delivery.

This means that a PO Box cannot be used as a registered office address. A third-party agent’s address can be used if they meet the conditions for an appropriate address.

Consequences of not having an appropriate registered office address

Companies that do not have an appropriate registered office address could be struck off the register.

When an inappropriate registered office address is identified, it will be changed to a default address held at Companies House.

Companies must then provide an appropriate address, with evidence of a link to that address, within 28 days.

If this evidence is not supplied, Companies House will start the process to strike the company off the register.

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