New forms for filing with Companies House

21 March 2024

From Monday 4 March 2024, Companies House started to use new and enhanced powers to improve the quality and reliability of its data and tackle misuse of the companies register.  

Changes introduced include: 

  • New rules for registered office addresses (all companies must have an appropriate address at all times – they will not be able to use a PO Box as their registered office address) 
  • A requirement for all companies to supply a registered email address 
  • A requirement for subscribers to confirm they’re forming a company for a lawful purpose when they incorporate, and for a company to confirm its intended future activities will be lawful on its confirmation statement 
  • Stronger checks on company names 
  • Greater powers to query information and request supporting evidence  
  • Greater powers to tackle and remove factually inaccurate information
  • The ability to share data with other government departments and law enforcement agencies

New criminal offences and civil penalties will complement the measures introduced. 

Updated forms  

Companies House forms have been updated to reflect these changes and you should replace any existing forms that you have with the new versions. To avoid rejection, care should be taken to make sure the new forms are correctly completed.  

  • It’s important to make sure you’re using the correct postcode and county/region in a company’s registered office address on the AD01 form.
  • There’s a new tick box on the AD01 form under the ‘appropriate registered office address’ section to confirm that the new registered office address is an appropriate address. You must tick this box before submitting the form.
  • A copy of the Declaration of Solvency is required on the LIQ01 form and not the original. A new LIQ01 is available on GOV.UK for your use.