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Required Steps

To form a company submit the following documents, along with the registration fee, to the CRO: Memorandum of association, Articles of association and the Form A1. It is also possible to reserve a company name online using CORE and which has a fee of €25. Please see Reserve Company Name. Please see also Information Leaflet No. 1 which deals with Company Incorporation.

Memorandum of association

This document sets out the conditions upon which the company is granted incorporation. It must contain provisions dealing with certain matters e.g. the name and objects of the company and, if it is a company with limited liability, that fact must also be stated. The memorandum must be in accordance with, or as near as circumstances permit, to the appropriate table in the First Schedule to the Companies Act 1963. It must be printed and divided into paragraphs and numbered consecutively.

Private company limited by sharesTable B
Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capitalTable C
Company limited by guarantee and having a share capitalTable D
Unlimited companyTable E
Public limited companySecond Schedule of Companies (Amendment) Act 1983

Articles of association

This document sets out the rules under which the company proposes to regulate its affairs. Articles are required to be registered by a company limited by guarantee and having a share capital or an unlimited company. Articles must be printed and divided into paragraphs and numbered consecutively. A company limited by shares or a guarantee company not having a share capital may register articles with the CRO. Model form articles are set out in the First Schedule to the Companies Act 1963.

Public limited companyTable A Part I
Private company limited by sharesTable A Part II
Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capitalTable C
Company limited by guarantee and having a share capitalTable D
Unlimited companyTable E

The CRO does not provide drafts of the memorandum or articles of association to be used by companies. Samples of these documents may be obtained from legal stationers, accountants, solicitors or company formation agents.

Form A1

Form A1 requires you to give details of the company name, its registered office, details of secretary and directors, their consent to acting as such, the subscribers and details of their shares. It incorporates a statutory declaration that the requirements of the Companies Acts have been complied with, and as to the activity which the company is being formed to engage in. Link to Form A1.

Applications to incorporate companies can be submitted under any one of three schemes, each of which has a different customer service standard:

Ordinary:  while there is no guaranteed service level, in practice it takes 15 working days.
Fé Phrainn: ten working days
Online A1 scheme: five working days

Documents are processed in chronological order and are subject to checks. Documents returned for correction are processed according to their date of re-submission to the CRO.

Persons wishing to incorporate new companies are required to classify the principal activity of the company using the NACE classification for economic activities.

Check your NACE code:  pdf logo Nace Codes (0 MB, Adobe PDF)

See also:

Statutory declarations sworn abroad will often require Further Legalisation.

Please also see Methods of Registration and some information on different Company Types.

Other Links: Incidental obligations to registration concern