New forms

The general principle is that the 1985 Act forms apply to corporate events which take place before 1 October and the new forms apply to corporate events which take place on or after 1 October 2009. However, under the transitional rules in the Eighth Commencement Order, there are exceptions to this. For example, if incorporating or re-registering a company, the 2006 Act applies to applications received by Companies House on or after 1 October while the 1985 Act applies to applications received by Companies House before that date.

Where a corporate event straddles the 1 October change, it will be advisable to check on a case-by-case basis which regime applies.

The new forms will use a different numbering system from the 1985 Act forms. It will no longer be the case that the number of the form reflects the relevant section of the statute. So, for example, the 1985 Act form 288 for notifying a new director will be replaced by form AP01.

Companies House has published the new forms on its website (currently in draft only).

Service availability during transitional period

Between Wednesday 30 September and Monday 5 October inclusive Companies House will undertake extensive work on its systems to implement the new regime.

During this time there will be some disruption to Companies House's services.

  • Same day services provided by Companies House Information and Contact Centres (including for example same day paper processing of incorporations and changes of name) will not be available from 3pm on 30 September until 5 October.
  • On-line filing services will also be affected to varying degrees during this period.
  • On-line information services will be closed over the weekend of 3 and 4 October and may close early on Friday 2 October

Full details of service disruption are available on the Companies House website.