Forming a Community Interest Company
To form a new Community Interest Company you are required to deliver to the Register of Companies the following completed documents, with a fee:
Guidance on downloading forms
1. Form IN01 - application to register a company:
[A1] Please ensure that the name ending is shown in the company name. For private limited companies these are ‘community interest company’ or ‘c.i.c.’ If the company name in full is not shown on the IN01 form Companies House will reject.
[A3] Please do not complete - this should be left blank
[A7] Please tick option 3 - this is because the proposed company is adopting bespoke articles
2. Form CIC36 - application to form a community Interest company (DOC, 115 Kb)
3. Memorandum of association.
4. A printed copy of the articles of association - If you are not using one of the CIC model articles of association please click on the following: Constitution guidance.
The asset-locked nomination
An asset lock body means a registered Community Interest Company, a charity, a permitted Industrial and Provident Society or a body established outside the United Kingdom (UK) that is equivalent to those persons (if outside the UK evidence of charity status must be provided). There is no restriction on the number of asset locked bodies that you can specify
Please note: A community interest company cannot nominate itself as the asset locked body. If it does the application will be rejected.
Please ensure that all mandatory clauses that apply to community interest companies are included in your Articles of Association. These clauses are highlighted in a red typeface in our models and cannot be removed or altered.
5. Cheque for £35 - made payable to Companies House
6. Form CIC36 continuation sheets (DOC, 47 Kb)
CICs that work with children or vulnerable adults
The Regulator reminds community interest companies that work with children or vulnerable adults that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have appropriate measures and safeguards in place to ensure protection of these individuals. This includes ensuring CRB checks are made on all staff and volunteers that work with children.
Explanatory notes and examples of how forms should be completed