COVID-19: Companies House filing extension

Last updated 1 July 2020

On 26 June 2020, the Government passed legislation (The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modificiations) Regulations 2020) which extends the usual Companies House filing deadlines for:

  • Accounts
  • Confirmation statement
  • Event-driven filings (changes to your company)
  • Mortgage changes 


Where the normal deadline for filing would fall between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 inclusive, this willl be automatically extended by three months.

This means that the filing deadline for private company and LLP accounts will be extended to 12 months after the accounting reference date, and for public companies to nine months.

However, no further extension will be available if a company has already applied for, and been granted, a three-month extension to their filing deadline by Companies House following the Goverment announement on 25 March 2020.

Different rules will also apply if a company has shortened their accounting reference period. Broadly, the accounts filing deadline will be extended to the later of 12 months from the accounting reference date, or three months from the date of the notice to shorten the period.

There is no need to apply for this exemption - if you are eligible Companies House will update your filing deadline automatically.

Confirmation statements

The current 14-day deadline for filing confirmation statements will be extended for 42 days for companies, LLPs and Scottish Partnerships.

More information

You can find more information on the above extensions, as well as the changes for event-driven filings and mortgage charges on GOV.UK.

The Companies House register is being updated for these new deadlines in stages. You can check your new filing deadline on the Companies House service.