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Application by an individual to restrict the disclosure of their residential address
Application by a company, LLP or overseas company to restrict the disclosure of its officers addresses
Application by a subscriber of a proposed company or proposed member of a proposed LLP
Application by an individual to make an address unavailable for public inspection
Application by a company to make the addresses of its members unavailable for public inspection
Application by a person who registers a charge to make an address unavailable for public inspection
The registrar s decision
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Application by an individual to make an address unavailable for public inspection


1. Why would I want the registrar to make an address unavailable for public inspection?

You may consider that you (or a person who lives with you) are at serious risk of being subjected to violence or intimidation due to the activities of at least one of;

the companies of which you are or propose to become a director;
the companies of which you are not a director but were a director, secretary or permanent representative;
the LLPs of which you are, propose to become or have been a member;
the LLPs of which you are not a member but were a member;
you are or have been employed by a relevant organisation i.e. Government Communications Headquarters, the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service or a police force; or
you are a "section 243 beneficiary". We define a "section 243 beneficiary" in Chapter 8 question 2.


2. Who can make an application?

An application can be made under section 1088 of the Act and regulation 9 of the Companies (Disclosure of Address) Regulations 2009 by an individual whose usual residential address was placed on the register in respect of a company on or after 1 January 2003. The form is "Application under section 1088 to make an address unavailable for a public inspection by an individual" – SR01.

An individual whose usual residential address was placed on the register in respect of an LLP on or after 1 January 2003 can make an application under section 1088, as applied by the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009, and regulation 9 of the Companies (Disclosure of Address) Regulations 2009. The form is "Application under section 1088 to make an address unavailable for public inspection by an individual member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)" – LL SR01.

Both these forms are available on request from our contact centre on 0303 1234 500.

3. From which documents can the address be made unavailable for public inspection?

For companies and overseas companies it is the individual’s usual residential address that was placed on the register either:

under section 10; 288; 363; 691; 692 or of paragraph 2 of Schedule 21A of the Companies Act 1985;
under Article 21; 296; 371, 641 or 642 of the Companies Northern Ireland Order 1986;
as a service address under section 12; 167 or 855 of the Companies Act 2006; or
under regulations made under section 1046 (for overseas companies).
For LLPs it is the member’s usual residential address that was placed on the register under:

section 2 or 9 of the LLP Act 2000;
section 288 or 363 of the Companies Act 1985, as applied to LLPs;
Article 296 or 371 of the Companies Northern Ireland Order 1986, as applied to LLPs; or
Under section 855 of the Companies Act 2006, as applied to LLPs.


4. What information does the application require?

The application requires:

your name, including any former names;
the usual residential address that is to be made unavailable for public inspection;
the service address that is to replace the usual residential address on the register;
an address for correspondence;
the name and registered number of:
the companies to which you are or have been, since 1 January 2003, appointed a director, secretary or permanent representative; or
the LLPs to which you are or have been, since 1 January 2003, a member;
details of each document where the address appears on the register and the date each document was registered;
your date of birth and:
the company name for each company of which you propose to become a director; or
the LLP name for each LLP of which you propose to become a member. Neither this LLP nor company information is required if you are enclosing an application under section 243 to restrict the disclosure of the protected information regarding your address; and
a statement of the grounds for making your application, this is covered in Chapter 1.
You will also be required to provide evidence to support your application. Further information on this is in question 5.

Remember: It is an offence to make a false statement.

5. What evidence must I supply?

You must supply evidence that supports the statement of the grounds of your application. Some examples might include:

a police incident number if a previous attack has occurred;
documentary evidence of a threat or attack; or
evidence of disruption, violence, intimidation or other targeting by animal rights or other activists.
It will depend on your circumstances what evidence you can provide. This may be in the form of a written document or photographs if these clearly show the risk.

If you are making an application as you are employed by a relevant organisation then you should submit evidence to establish this.

If you are making an application as you are a "section 243 beneficiary" then you should submit evidence to establish this.

6. Is there a fee for making the application?

Yes there is a fee of £15 for each document from which the address is to be made unavailable. Cheques should be made payable to Companies House.Your form will be rejected if it is not accompanied by the correct fee.

7. Where do I send my application?

Your application must be sent to The Registrar of Companies, PO Box 4082, Cardiff CF14 3WE together with the appropriate fee and supporting evidence. This will ensure it is processed by the appropriate team.

8. What happens when you receive my application?

We will check the details you provide and review the grounds for making the application. We may ask to you provide additional evidence if we feel that you have not supplied sufficient information. To assist us in reaching a decision we will seek an assessment from a relevant authority of the nature and extent of the risk to you of violence or intimidation.

We cover information on the registrar’s decision and how you will be notified in Chapter 8.