Registered Office, Service Address and Residential Address: Confused?

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Companies House addresses explainedLast Updated: 11/09/2014

When forming a Limited Company it may seem as though a plethora of different addresses are requested of you. Understandably, there seems to be some confusion based around exactly how these addresses differ. So here you go:

Registered Office

• The official address for your limited company held by Companies House

• Mail from HMRC and Companies House will be sent here

• It can be a Residential Address

• Must be based in the UK

• The company does not need to be based here

• It is compulsory

• Is on the public register

Service Address

• The official address for your limited company director held by Companies House

• Mail from HMRC and Companies House will be sent here

• It can be the Registered Office

• It can be a Residential Address

• It can be based anywhere in the world

• The company does not need to be based here

• It is compulsory

• Is on the public register

Residential Address

• Residential Address for limited company director

• Must be a Residential Address (addresses with “unit”, “suite” or “po box” will most likely be rejected by Companies House

• It can be the Registered Office

• It can be the Service Address

• It can be based anywhere in the world

• The company does not need to be based here

• It is compulsory

• Is not on the public register (unless the same address is being used as the Registered Office or Service Address)

This post was brought to you by Mathew Aitken at Companies Made Simple – The Simplest Company Formation Service

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