Directors' service address
- What is a service address?
- Why do I have to provide a service address?
- What is the purpose of a service address?
- Where can my service address be situated?
- What types of addresses can be used as a service address?
- Should I use a residential or non-residential address?
- Can I have an overseas service address?
- Can I have more than one service address?
- Can I share a service address with another officer or LLP member?
- Can I change my service address?
- Do I have to work from my service address?
- What is the difference between a service address and a registered office?
- Can my service address be the same as my registered office address?
- What is the difference between a service address and business address?
- Can my service address be the same as my business address?
- Do I have to display any corporate information at my service address?
- Will my service address be available to the public?
What is a service address?
A service address is where company officers and limited liability partnership members choose to receive statutory mail relating to their official role in a company or LLP, including correspondence from Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs. Service address details must be provided for Companies House on the incorporation application, and this information is then displayed on public record next to the name of the director or LLP member.
Why do I have to provide a service address?
It is a legal requirement of all limited company officers (secretaries and directors) and LLP members. You will not be permitted to appoint a director, secretary or LLP member during or after the incorporation process if you do not provide service address details for them.
What is the purpose of a service address?
A service address has two principal functions:
- To receive any statutory letters or notices from Companies House and HMRC that are for the attention of a specific director or LLP member.
- To be displayed on the official register of companies for the benefit of the public
Where can my service address be situated?
A service address can be absolutely anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions, so you can use any address physical postal address you please.
What types of addresses can be used as a service address?
You can use any kind of permanent physical address you have permission to use, including:
- Your home address
- The registered office address of your company or LLP
- The address of your accountant or solicitor
- A professional service address from a company formation agent or other third party provider
- Your trading or business address
- Any other type of residential or non-residential address in the UK or overseas you have permission to use.
Should I use a residential or non-residential address?
Company officers and LLP members can use either type of address as a service address. Many people use their home addresses for this purpose when they’re starting small businesses - mainly because it’s the most convenient and obvious choice, particularly for those running a business from home.
An increasing number of people, however, prefer to use a professional non-residential service address. This type of address service is typically provided by company formation agents who offer the use of their business premises as a service address for limited company officers and LLP members.
The main benefit of using a professional service address facility, or any other type of non-residential address, is privacy. Rather than placing your home address on public record, the corporate address of your service address provider is recorded with Companies House as your service address and displayed on public record next to your name.
Non-residential service addresses are more credible and impressive, and their use will help to minimise the likelihood of unsolicited mail and unhappy creditors or clients showing up at your home.
Can I have an overseas service address?
Yes, you can. Your service address can be any type of physical postal address in any part of the world.
Can I have more than one service address?
No. Officers and LLP members can only have one service address each. If you are unhappy with the address you are currently using for this purpose, you can easily change it to another address that is more convenient or suitable.
Can I share a service address with another officer or LLP member?
You can certainly use the same address as another officer or LLP member, but you each must register your service address details at Companies House.
With regards to using a professional service address from a third party provider, officers and members must each purchase a service address separately, even if they choose to use the same address. You are paying for the use of the address and the forwarding and handling of statutory mail for each person, so one service address product is required per person to cover the costs of the service.
Can I change my service address?
Yes. You can change your service address whenever you like, and as often as you like. Just remember to tell Companies House as soon as you do so, otherwise you won’t get any of your important letters.
If you want to change your service address after incorporation, you must inform Companies House by post or online using form CH01 ‘Change of director’s details’ (or LLCH01 for LLP members). You can use Companies House’ WebFiling service to complete and deliver this form online, or you can use our website (free of charge) to report a change of service address. Companies House will update the public record within a few hours of receiving your change of address notification.
To report a change of service address, you will need to provide your full company/LLP name, your company registration number (CRN), details of the director or LLP member whose address is being changed and the full postal address of the new service address.
Do I have to work from my service address?
No, you do not have to work from your service address, nor do you even have to visit it. Just make sure you are contactable by mail from this address. If you don’t visit your service address often or at all, make sure your statutory mail is forwarded on to you in a timely manner.
What is the difference between a service address and a registered office?
A service address is the statutory mailing address of an individual company director or LLP member. A registered office is the statutory mailing address and official inspection location of a limited company or LLP. Read our Registered Office Address guidance page for more information about this compulsory company address.
Can my service address be the same as my registered office address?
Yes, you can use the same address as a service address for directors/LLP members and the registered office of your company or LLP, as long as the nominated address meets all legal requirements and you have permission to use it for these purposes. Many people use the same address for both purposes because it is the most practical and convenient solution.
What is the difference between a service address and business address?
A service address is the statutory mailing address of an individual company director or LLP member. A business address is where a business is situated, but this type of address is not a legal requirement of company formation. You may require more than one business address if your company or LLP trades in multiple locations. Take a look at our Business Address guidance page for more information.
Can my service address be the same as my business address?
Yes, you can use the same address as your service address and business address (and registered office), as long as the nominated address meets all legal requirements and you have permission to use it for these purposes.
Do I have to display any corporate information at my service address?
No. In contrast to registered office requirements, the disclosure of corporate details do not apply to service addresses.
Will my service address be available to the public?
Yes, your service address will be added to the public register of companies when you are appointed as a director, company secretary or LLP member. This information will remain there indefinitely and it will be available to everyone.
If you want to protect your privacy, you should not use your home address as your service address. Instead, you should use a non-residential address from a third-party - a company formation agent, for example. If you purchase an address service, your statutory mail will be forwarded to you at your home or other convenient address.
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