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The main functions of the Guernsey Registry are to examine and store information on various registers as required under Guernsey legislation. The Registry is required to make some of this information available for public inspection.


Guidance notes for all Registry products and services are available in this section. They have been arranged by subject matter. Guidance notes are also available for download on the relevant pages throughout the site.


This section includes notices from the Registrar in accordance with the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, organised by year and month. Any person who is directly affected by a decision of the Registrar may apply to the Royal Court under Section 511 of the law for an order that the decision be set aside or modified.

Annual Validation - companies

All Guernsey companies must file an Annual Validation with the Registry between 1 January and the last day of February each year (except companies incorporated in December the previous year).

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This site provides information on the various registers maintained by the Registry as required under Guernsey legislation.

In addition, this site publishes notices in accordance with the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 and provides guidance notes on the administration of limited companies and limited partnerships, foundations, limited liability partnerships, Guernsey Finance funding submissions, recognised auditor registrations and using the online services portal.

2019 Annual validation due by 29th February 2020

The Guernsey Registry would like to remind all Guernsey Registered Companies that the deadline for the 2019 annual validation submission is approaching. It is important that companies ensure that the information held on the Company Register is up to date and the annual validation is filed before the deadline.

Annual validation submissions for 2019 are required to be filed by 29th February 2020.

Annual validations can be made on Guernsey Registry's online services portal on Further information on how to file an annual validation can be found here: Annual validation Guidance

A late filing fee of £100 per month will apply to all annual validation submissions made from 1st March 2020.

Section 237 of The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 states that a company which fails to comply with the requirements for the filing of an annual validation is guilty of an offence and in addition liable to a daily default fine, and is liable to a civil penalty. Further a company which fails to comply is liable to be struck off the Register of Companies.

This year there is no requirement to file a beneficial ownership submission before the annual validation, as the beneficial ownership information is required to be kept up to date throughout the year.

If you require any further information please contact the Guernsey Registry.

National Risk Assessment

The Guernsey National Risk Assessment has been finalised and released. The National Risk Assessment demonstrates an ongoing commitment to fight terrorist financing, money laundering and financial crime.

Further information can be found on the States of Guernsey website here: Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing NRA

Corporate Service Provider directory

The Registry maintains a directory of Guernsey Corporate Service Providers which is available here.

If you would like to list your firm in the directory free of charge please see here for further information.

Economic classification code changes

The economic classification codes are used for statistical purposes to analyse the different types of activity and purposes undertaken by Guernsey Registered entities. To assist the Revenue Service with their work on the economic substance requirements, the coding system has recently been updated. As a result some codes have been discontinued and additional codes created.

Where the codes have been discontinued the Registry have added the note *Code Type Discontinued - do not use* at the beginning of the Economic Activity Type description on the company's details. To be clear the economic activity type does not impact or imply anything about the good standing of the company.

Details of the new codes can be found here - Guide to the Economic Sector Classification Codes.

If you have companies using any of the discontinued codes we would encourage you to update the code as soon as possible however this does not need to be updated before the annual validation submission is filed. To update the code to one of the new codes you will need to file a 'Change Company Details' submission on the website. There is no fee for filing the submission.

Guidance on how to file the Change Company Details submission is available here.

If you have any queries on the economic classification codes or need assistance choosing the correct code please see the guidance available here: or contact Data and Analysis:

Telephone: 01481 717292         Email:

Beneficial ownership questionnaire

The Registry has issued an online questionnaire relating to beneficial ownership for resident agents of some non regulated Guernsey companies. 

The Registry is required to monitor the compliance of resident agents of Guernsey companies. The short questionnaire is part of our compliance checks to help us get an overview of how resident agents ensure they supply the correct information to us. It does not ask for any specific beneficial ownership information.

Over time we will be contacting all resident agents of non regulated companies to complete the questionnaire. If you receive an email requesting you to complete the questionnaire we would very much appreciate your response. It should take no more than a few minutes per company to complete, and you can complete it for up to 6 companies if you are the resident agent of several.

Guernsey Registry Update for Industry - October 2019

The Registry has issued an Industry Update which is available to view here: pdf icon Industry Update - October 2019 [1Mb]

The update contains information on the upcoming company annual validations, charity/NPO renewals and Guernsey Finance Funding submissions, details of economic code changes, beneficial ownership register updates and details of other Registry services and notices.

Guernsey Registry values, vision, mission, strategic objectives

In April the Registry started work on refreshing its values, vision, mission and strategic objectives, with the aim of clarifying the role of the Registry for all its stakeholders and helping to guide all of the Registry's staff in their work and objectives.

The Registry worked with representatives of its stakeholders, including Corporate Service Providers, industry groups, Registry staff and other States of Guernsey officials to gain their valuable feedback and agree a final version of the document. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the process.

The Registry's refreshed values, vision, mission and strategic objectives is now available to view here.

Mat Desforges, Registrar

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