Welcome to the Guernsey Registry website.
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.
Guernsey Registry Update - Phase 5 new Working Arrangements
As the Island enters phase 5 the Registry is taking the opportunity to review how we deliver our service going forward into the 'new normal'.
We continue to make the health, safety and prosperity of our Island, our population, and our staff and customers our priority. Our strategic focus remains the delivery of value for money services and activities ensuring our statutory functions are met in the provision and administration of our registers, and the integrity, accuracy and reliability of the data held.
The pandemic working arrangements, and Guernsey's positive response to the necessary adaptations, provide an opportunity for a review of our operational delivery model and therefore we have taken the decision to continue to keep the Registry offices closed to the public whilst we do so.
Our team remains working full time, predominantly remote working, and the majority of Registry services are available as normal. Team members are also providing some services from our office including a reduced telephone service. In the first instance we would encourage all of our customers to review the guidance and information available on www.guernseyregistry.com before contacting us. Where there are still queries we would request that they are emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the reduced telephone service we would ask that calls are only made where absolutely necessary. The phones will be manned between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday - please phone 44 (0)1481 743800 during these hours.
We are now able to provide certified documents and send out post. Initially our focus will be on the backlog of outstanding documents requested during lockdown. Please note we will not be able to provide a collection service at this time. Please note also that as our office remains closed there is no drop off facility and we would ask that documents are emailed or sent via the Island's postal service.
In order to ensure that expectations are met we are currently not able to provide the special 15 minute incorporations, however rapid (2 hour) and normal (24 hour) company incorporations and LP, LLP and foundation registrations are all still available.
The company search facility is also still available and can be accessed here: Company Search. Where documents have been scanned into the system these can still be ordered via the online enquiry order mechanism, however where documents are not scanned in, or files need to be recalled from archives, our response times may be reduced.
We do recognise that there may be some urgent or complex matters that require specific time and attention. In these instances we would ask that you email us with details and request a telephone or face to face appointment with a senior member of the team.
The Registry team would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued support and patience over the last few months.
Companies struck off the Register for failure to submit annual validation
Under section 234 of The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 ("the Law") in each calendar year before the last day of February, every company incorporated before 1st December in the previous calendar year, is required to complete an annual validation submission containing information current as at 31st December in the previous year.
The Registry published a strike off list on 9th March 2020 which contained details of companies who failed to submit an annual validation. Click here to see the list. This 2 months' notice period expired on 9th May 2020.
Those companies listed for strike off that have not shown cause to the contrary (the company submitted its annual validation or evidence is shown to the Registrar that the company is party to legal proceedings) have now been struck off.
The list of companies that have been struck off can be found here: Struck off - Failure to file Annual Validation - 2020
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 www.greg.gg website. There is no fee for filing the submission.
If you have any queries on the economic classification codes or need assistance choosing the correct code please see the guidance available here: www.gov.gg/ecodes or contact Data and Analysis:
Telephone: 01481 717292 Email: email@example.com
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: 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.
Mat Desforges, Registrar
Recent Site Updates
Amendments to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008
The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015
Bribery and corruption risk information
Information and guidance on anti-bribery and corruption legislation and obligations for businesses and third sector organisations
- Changes to LP annual validation
- Director Disqualifications
- Industry Update
New Limited Partnerships Regulations
The Limited Partnerships (Fees, Annual Validations and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations, 2016
Most recent Registrar notices
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- Digital Greenhouse Guernsey
- Locate Guernsey
- Startup Guernsey
- Guernsey's Sanctions Regime
- Guernsey Legal Resources
- Intellectual Property Office
- Guernsey Finance
- Guernsey Financial Services Commission
- Channel Islands Aircraft Registry
- Guernsey Ship Registry
- Births, Marriages and Deaths
- Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman
- GFSC - Hong Kong Office
- General Data Protection Regulation - Channel Islands
- Legal Entity Identifiers