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Apply for more time to file your company’s accounts

How to request an extension to your Companies House filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.


  1.  When to apply
  2.  What to include in your application
  3.  How to apply
  4.  What happens next

 When to apply

You can apply to extend your accounts deadline if both:

  • an event you could not control stops you from sending your accounts
  • you apply for more time before the filing deadline

You cannot apply for more time if your filing deadline has passed.

 What to include in your application

You’ll need to include:

  • the reasons for the extension, in as much detail as possible
  • your company number
  • an email address
  • any documents that support your application (optional)

We’ll keep any information you send to us confidential.

 How to apply

You must send your complete application to the office where the company is registered.

Companies House England and Wales
Crown Way
CF14 3UZ
DX 33050 Cardiff

Companies House Scotland
4th Floor
Edinburgh Quay 2
139 Fountainbridge
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1

Companies House Northern Ireland
2nd Floor
The Linenhall
32-38 Linenhall Street
DX481 N.R. Belfast 1

You can also email

You must include all information and any supporting documents, or we’ll reject your application.

 What happens next

We’ll review your application and make a decision about your extension request. Accepted applications normally receive an extension of 30 days.

It’s important that you file your accounts by the due date if possible. You should not wait for a decision about your extension request.

We’ll contact you by email within 5 working days to tell you if your application has been successful or not. We may also contact you if we need more information.

If we agree to extend your filing deadline, you must file your accounts before the new due date or the company will get a late filing penalty.

From Companies House