Law changes to help societies comply with their rules

Legislation passed on 15 May 2020 gives incorporated societies relief from certain obligations in their rules that they may not be able to fulfil due to COVID-19. It also enables them to make use of electronic means (including electronic voting and the use of electronic signatures) when their constitution or rules wouldn't normally permit this.

Starting a society

To incorporate a society you must submit an application, along with the required documents, and pay a registration fee.

Before you can apply, however, there are a few things you’ll need to have already done.

Filing your annual financial statements

You must file annual financial statements with us, unless your incorporated society is registered with Charities Services.

There are two ways to file your annual financial statements. Which options you can use to file your annual financial statements will depend on when they are due.

Running your society

Once you've registered your incorporated society, you’re required by law to keep certain information about it up to date. This includes the society's addresses, name, and the rules by which it operates.

Societies must comply with their rules and also need to meet other legal obligations.

News and notices

Dissolution notice — Incorporated societies

Notice of dissolution of 50 incorporated societies under Section 28(1) Incorporated Societies Act 1908

Primary Register: Incorporated Societies Published:

Notice of revocation of dissolution — Incorporated societies

Notice of revocation of dissolution of 15 incorporated societies under Section 28(4) Incorporated Societies Act 1908

Primary Register: Incorporated Societies Published:

Government extends Business Debt Hibernation scheme

The Government is extending the Business Debt Hibernation (BDH) scheme by 10 months to 31 October 2021.

Primary Register: Companies Office Published: