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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
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Application by an individual to restrict the disclosure of their residential address


1. Why would I want the registrar to restrict the disclosure of the protected information regarding my residential address?

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 were a director;
the overseas companies of which you are or were a director, secretary or permanent representative; or
the LLPs of which you are or have been a member.
You may consider that you (or a person who lives with you) are at serious risk of being subjected to violence or intimidation as 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.

2. Who can make an application?

An individual who is or proposes to be a director of a company can make an application under section 243 of the Act and regulation 5 of the Companies (Disclosure of Address) Regulations 2009. The form is "Application under section 243 by an individual" – SR04.

An individual who is an LLP member can make an application under section 243, as applied by the Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009, and regulation 5 of the Companies (Disclosure of Address) Regulations 2009. The form is "Application under section 243 by an individual member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)" – LL SR03.

An individual who is a director or permanent representative of an overseas company can apply for higher protection under the Overseas Companies Regulations 2009. The form is "Application for higher protection by a director or permanent representative of an overseas company to prevent disclosure to a credit reference agency of protected information" – OS SR01.

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

3. What information does the application require?

The application requires:

your name, including any former names;
your usual residential address;
your date of birth;
the name and registered number of:
if you are making an application as director, the companies to which you are or propose to be appointed;
if you are making an application as an LLP member, the LLPs to which you are or propose to be appointed; or
if you are making and application as a director or permanent representative of an overseas company, the overseas companies to which you are or propose to be appointed;
a statement of the grounds for making your application (this is covered in Chapter 1); and
the name and registered number of the company, LLP or overseas company whose activities may place you (or a person who lives with you) at serious risk of violence or intimidation.
You will also be required to provide evidence to support your application. Further information on this is in question 4.

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

If you are being appointed at the same time as making this application you should enclose the appropriate appointment form(s) together with the application to ensure your protected information remains restricted.

4. 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 on the grounds that you are employed by a relevant organisation, i.e. Government Communications Headquarters, the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service or a police force, then you should submit evidence to establish this.

5. Is there a fee for making the application?

Yes there is a fee of £100 for making the application. Cheques should be made payable to Companies House.Your form will be rejected if it is not accompanied by the correct fee.

6. 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.

7. 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 you to 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.