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Grounds of the application
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
Quality of documents
Further information


Introduction


This guide applies to officers of companies, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and overseas companies registered in the United Kingdom (UK) i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You will find the relevant legislation in:

Sections 243 and 1088 of the Companies Act 2006;
The Companies (Disclosure of Address) Regulations 2009 SI 2009/214;
The Limited Liability Partnerships (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2009/1804 which apply parts of the Companies Act 2006 to LLPs; and
The Overseas Companies Regulations 2009 SI 2009/1801.
Under the Companies Act 2006, and other related legislation, Companies House must be informed of the service address and usual residential address of every director, LLP member and permanent representative. The service address will appear on the public record. Information relating to the residential address (even if it is the same as the service address) will be protected information from 1 October 2009. Protected information will only be disclosed to credit reference agencies and specified public authorities.

If you are at serious risk of violence or intimidation because of the activities of:

(i) a company of which you are a director;
(ii) an overseas company of which you are a director or permanent representative ;or
(iii) an LLP of which you are a member;

then you can apply under section 243 for your protected information not to be disclosed in future to credit reference agencies.

Addresses that already appear on the public record will continue to be available for public inspection. If you are at serious risk of violence or intimidation because of the activities of a company or LLP of which you are an officer, then you can apply under section 1088 for an address that is on the public record to be made unavailable for public inspection.

If, after reading this guide, you are in doubt about your responsibilities, you should consider seeking professional advice from a solicitor.