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A Quick Guide To Company Re-Registration Options

    If you wish to you can re-register your company to change its legal status from and to the below:

    • Private company to a public company
    • Public company to a private company limited by shares
    • Private limited company to an unlimited company
    • Unlimited private company to a limited company
    • Public company to an unlimited private company

    On re-registration, Companies House will issue you with an amended certificate of incorporation. The certificate will include the changed name and status of the company and the date of re-registration.

    There is a fee of £20 which is payable to Companies House in respect of an application to re-register. You need to make cheques and postal orders payable to ‘Companies House’.

    Re-registration from a private company to a public company

    If you own a private company with share capital you can re-register as a public company by passing a special resolution to do so.

    To do this you need to fill in an RR01 form application to re-register as a public company to Companies House. 

    You need to send this with the following documents:

    • a copy of the special resolution
    • a printed copy of the amended Articles of Association
    • a copy of the relevant balance sheet
    • a copy of the auditor’s written statement
    • a copy of the auditor’s unqualified report
    • a statement of the proposed secretary (if the company doesn’t currently have one)

    Download the RR01 Form here

    Re-registration from a public company to a private company

    If you own a public company there are a few ways you can re-register as a private company:

    Pass a special resolution – Send your application to re-register to Companies House using form RR02. You need to send this with a copy of the special resolution and a printed copy of your amended Articles of Association.

    Download the RR02 form here

    Court order to reduce capital – Send your re-register to Companies House using form RR08. Again this needs to be sent with a copy of the court order and a printed copy of your amended Articles of Association.

    Download the RR08 form here

    Cancellation of shares – If a cancellation of shares results in the value of share capital falling below the minimum for a public company, the company must re-register as a private company. To do this you need to send form RR09 to  Companies House. This needs to be sent along with a copy of the director’s resolution and a printed copy of the amended Articles of Association.

    Download the R09 form here

    Following a reduction of capital due to a redenomination of shares – In this instance, you will need to complete and send form RR05 to Companies House with assent from all the members and a printed copy of the amended Articles of Association.

    Download the RR05 form here

    Re-registration from an unlimited company to a private company

    If you own an unlimited company and wish to re-register as a private limited company by shares or guarantee you can do so by passing a special resolution. To do this you will need to fill in and send form RR06 to companies house. This form needs to be sent with a copy of the special resolution and a printed copy of the amended Articles of Association.

    Download the RR06 form here

    Re-registration from a public company to a private unlimited company

    If you own a public company and wish to re-register as an unlimited company you can do so by completing and sending form RR07 to Companies House. You’ll need to do this with assent from all the members and a printed copy of the amended Articles of Association.

    Download the RR07 form here.

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