First of all, what is a service address?
Under section 1141 of the Companies Act 2006, a service address is defined as as "an address at which documents maybe effectively served upon that person". It goes on to state that "the service address must be a place where the service of documents can be effected by physical delivery and the delivery of documents is capable of being recorded by the obtaining of an acknowledgement of delivery".
Business Tax Centre's Service Address Facility
The BTC Service Address facility is many ways is similar to the requirements for that of "Registered Office"; it is an address to which official mail can be served, and is a piece of information stored on the public register. The difference is that the Service Address applies for the benefit of the director rather than the company itself.
There is no rule to say that each director must have the same Service Address, nor should each director themselves have the same service address for every directorship they hold. A director may use a different service address for every company for which they are a director.
It's important to note a number of points about a director's service address:
A director may enter an address for their service address that matches the company's registered office address. In this case, if the company's registered office address changes, their service address will remain unchanged (unless a "Change of details" is filed on behalf of the director).
A director may choose for their service address to be listed explicitly and filed publicly as simply "the company’s registered office", thus not having to enter an address. In this case if the company changes its registered office, meaning no amendments need to be filed for the individual director.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to get in touch with us.
How much does it cost?
Our Service Address Facility costs £40+VAT per year, and it includes the costs of all statutory officer mail being forwarded to the relevant director’s designated address.
You can select our service address as part of our online company formation process. Simply select the option when prompted to complete a director's service address within the appointments section of the form.
NB This service is a regulated activity under the Money Laundering Regulations forming an ongoing business relationship as such we are obligated to identify and verify the identity of the individual requesting the service and monitor activity. We may use electronic verification to perform the verification process. Failure to verify any identities may result in the service being withdrawn.
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