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Changes to Registrars Fees April 2011

Following a review of our processes and services Companies House is implementing changes to some of its fees from 6th April 2011. This is to ensure that our fees accurately reflect our costs and to introduce a new web incorporation service at the same time.

The changes to the fees will be introduced by amending current secondary legislation and in some cases by changing fees administratively.

NOTE: The fees requiring changes to secondary legislation need Parliamentary approval. Until this approval is given those fees cannot be charged and the relevant prices in this document are only proposed.

As a Trading Fund, Companies House must operate on the basis of cost recovery. European law and HM Treasury guidance also require costs to be linked to the forecast costs for providing each service and the way in which customers can access them.

As a result of the high volume of customers using electronic services the cost savings made by Companies House can be passed on to customers in the form of reduced fees. In parallel, the increase in fees for certain paper based products reflects the higher fixed costs of providing services for a decreasing number of customers.

Overview of Companies House costs for 2011/12

Some same day fees for certain services are being increased; in particular these are the same day fees for paper incorporation, certified copies and certificates of incorporation. This is to ensure that demand for these “premium” services will not impact the level of service we are able to offer our standard paper customers.

In addition, Companies House is also introducing a new Web Incorporation service in April 2011. Therefore, a new fee is required and will be included in the revised price list.

Amendments to fees will affect all entities registered at Companies House including Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), Limited Partnerships (LPs), Community Interest Companies (CICs), Overseas Companies, European Economic Interest Groupings (EEIGs) and European Public Limited- Liability Companies (SEs). The changes will also affect searchers of the public register.