Companies House 2nd Floor The Linenhall 32-38 Linenhall Street Belfast BT2 8BG
Checklist: What information do I need to register?
To register your business you will need to do the following. Login to save this checklist to your profile for future use – as you work through the list, any checkboxes that are ticked or unticked will be automatically saved to your profile. (To register to join and enjoy the benefits of membership click on the link at the top right of the page. It will only take a few minutes to create your profile).
Postal applications cost £40, this is paid by cheque made out to ‘Companies House’
There is also ‘a same day service’; you must get your application to Companies House by 3pm, the cost for this is £100. Your envelope (and any courier’s envelope) must be marked ‘same day service’ in the top left-hand corner.
How long does it take to register a limited company?
Online applications are usually registered within 24 hours
Postal applications take between 8 – 10 days.
How do I update these details if they change?
You must tell Companies House about any changes to your limited company.
These changes might be:
directors and company secretaries, for example new appointments, resignations or changes to personal details
changing your company name
changing your registered office address
changing your accounting reference date
changing where your company records are kept, if this is different from your registered address
which records you’ll keep at an alternative address
changes to your company’s share structure, for example if you issue new shares.
You need to register for tax within three months of starting to do business. ‘Doing business’ includes:
renting a property.
If you register late you may incur a penalty.
To register you will need your business 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). This will have been posted to your business address by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). This is usually usually within a few days of the company being registered with Companies House. For more on registering for Corporation Tax click here.