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How do I incorporate a company?

Company incorporations can be applied for online through the Registry website and must be completed by a Corporate Service Provider (CSP).

The Registry's directory of Corporate Service Providers is available here.

In addition to the application made through the online services portal a company founding member must submit a memorandum of incorporation, which states that the founding member(s) wish to incorporate the company in Guernsey, and articles of incorporation, which set out regulations for the conduct of the company. Templates of these documents are available for download at the bottom of this page.

The application must also be accompanied by the appropriate incorporation fee, which starts at GBP 100 but varies depending on the speed of incorporation. CSPs will also charge their own set of fees (which again will be variable).

Incorporations will take a maximum of one day to be completed and for a fee, 2 hour and 15 minute incorporations are also available. 15 minute incorporations must use the standard Memorandum and Articles. Readymade/shelf companies are not available through the Guernsey Registry, but company names can be reserved by a CSP.

Company names must be chosen carefully so that it complies with the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.  A guidance note regarding the naming of companies is available to download below.

For the full requirements necessary to incorporate a company in Guernsey, please refer to the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 and, if applicable, seek professional advice.


Document downloads

Choosing company names

Limited companies

Company Formation Information

Information regarding Guernsey registered companies

Compliance and Choice of Corporate Vehicle

Types of entity and solvency test information

Economic activity codes

Limited companies

Limited company fee schedule

Company Registry

Standard Articles - 25/09/2015

Standard Articles of Incorporation

Standard Memorandum

Limited companies



Relevant links & information

Guernsey Financial Services Commission

GFSC guidance on company formation by full fiduciary licensees

Startup Guernsey