The filing penalties are as follows:

Lateness of delivery Private company Public company
Not more than 1 month late £150 £750
More than 1 month but not more than 3 months late £375 £1,500
More than 3 months but not more than 6 months late £1,500 £7,500
More than 6 months late £1,500 £7,500

The Registrar has only a very limited discretion not to impose penalties for late filing and it is applied only in exceptional circumstances (eg will not be applied for postal delays).

We recommend that you file accounts well in advance of a filing deadline and check that they have been received at Companies House. The most secure method for filing is via the Webfiling Service at Companies House; otherwise always use a recorded delivery.

For all company secretarial enquiries, please contact Sarah Dann on +44 (0) 117 902 7741 or email