Required Steps - Companies Acts 1963 - 2013

This will be replaced by Companies Act 2014 on 1st June 2015

(please scroll down for information on the new Act)

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.

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New Companies Act
Please Note: From 1st June 2015, the Companies Acts 1963 to 2013 will be repealed completely and replaced by the Companies Act 2014. This new Act will introduce some different procedures and company models. All of the CRO forms will also be replaced. From 1st June only the new versions of the forms will be accepted. See New Act section
of the website.

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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 shares  Table B 
Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital Table C
Company limited by guarantee and having a share capital Table D
Unlimited company  Table E
Public limited company Second 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 company  Table A Part I  
Private company limited by shares Table A Part II 
Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital  Table C 
Company limited by guarantee and having a share capital Table D
Unlimited company Table 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.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

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Required Steps - Companies Act 2014 commencing 1st June 2015

To form a company, please submit the following documents, along with the registration fee, to the CRO: Form A1 and constitution.

For a Private Company Limited by Shares (LTD company) the constitution consists of a one document constitution. All other company types have a constitution that includes a Memorandum of association and Articles of association.

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.

 

Constitution


A private company limited by shares (ltd company), being a company incorporated under the Companies Act 2014 has a one document constitution. This consists of the articles of association. An LTD company does not have a memorandum of association as there are no stated objects for an LTD company. It can engage in any allowed business.

Schedule 1 to the Companies Act 2014 sets out the format of the constitution of a Private company limited by shares.

All other company types have a two document constitution which includes a memorandum and articles of association. The format of the constitution is set out in the relevant schedule to the Companies Act.

 Designated Activity Company limited by Shares  Schedule 7
 Designated Activity Company limited by Guarantee Schedule 8
 Public Limited Company Schedule 9
 Company Limited by Guarantee Schedule 10
 Private Unlimited Company Schedule 11
 Public Unlimited Company having a share capital Schedule 12
 Public Unlimited Company not having a share capital Schedule 13
 Investment Company Schedule 16

Articles of association
Articles must be printed and divided into paragraphs and numbered consecutively.

The CRO does not provide drafts of the constitutions – (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 declaration that the requirements of the Companies Act 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 online using CORE.

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: Nace Codes (0 MB, Adobe PDF)

See also:

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

Other Links: Incidental obligations to registration concern

  • Company Name,
  •  the Registered Office of the company
  • Disclosure and Publication Requirements
  • Activities in the State
  • Company Officers.
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