COVID-19 update: As new businesses set up during the pandemic, we are open as usual and welcoming many new clients who require a registered office address [read more].
Durham Office Services provide cost-effective registered office addresses for companies throughout Durham and the North East of England, and across England and Wales.
How our registered office service works
- Contact us to request use of our address in Durham – proof of identity is required. The cost (without any mail options) is £100 per annum, or £11 per month if you prefer to pay by monthly direct debit.
- Register/re-register the business at Companies House using our address.
- Mail from HMRC and Companies House will be sent to your business at our address – you can choose to collect it from us, or we can forward it to you at cost.
- If you wish to receive other mail at our address, we have special discounted packages that combined a registered office with either our Mail Lite or Unlimited Mail options – see below.
Registered office options
|Package||Pay annually option (best value)||Pay monthly option (direct debit)||Receipt of mail included?||Mail forwarding?||What you save (if paid annually)|
|Registered Office only||£100||£11||Yes – HMRC and Companies House mail only||Charged at cost – or collect from us for free||n/a|
|Registered Office with Mail Lite||£150||£15||Yes – 40 items per annum||Charged at cost – or collect from us for free||Save £60/year compared to Registered Office (£100) and Mail Lite (£110) bought separately.|
|Registered Office with Unlimited Mail||£335||£35||Yes – unlimited items||Charged at cost – or collect from us for free||Save £95/year compared to Registered Office (£100) and Unlimited Mail (£330) bought separately.|
The annual prices quoted are available if paid in full upfront. All prices shown exclude VAT.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a registered office address?
All UK limited companies are required to have a UK-registered office address, but sole traders do not need one.
What are the criteria for a registered office address?
A registered office address cannot be a post office, and needs to be a genuine physical location in the same country of the UK in which your company is registered.
Scottish-registered companies therefore have to be registered to a Scottish address, Northern Irish companies to an address in Northern Ireland, and those in England and Wales to an address in those countries.
The registered office address need not necessarily be the place where you carry out your day-to-day business, but it must be a location that is capable of receiving notices, letters and reminders from Companies House and HMRC.
Who can see my registered office address?
Your registered company address will be publicly visible on the Companies House website.
It is also a legal requirement to display your registered company address on official company stationery, paperwork and, under the 2006 Companies Act, on your company websites as well as on any electronic communications, such as emails.
Can I use a home address?
Though it is entirely legal to use a home address as a registered office address, many home-based limited companies choose instead to use the address of a provider like Durham Office Services – it not only prevents the business owner’s home address from being publicised, but also conveys a more professional image.
What if I have a different trading address?
If you have a trading address – such as a shop or office location that customers visit – that is different to the registered office address, this should be made clear on your website and other communications to avoid any confusion for your visitors.