Can I use my Residential place as Registered Office Address?

Published On: Nov 22, 2017Last Updated: Dec 17, 20214.2 min read

When we talk about commencement and registration of the Business, the place of business is always an associated question. The procurement of commercial space during Business Registration with Government is always an add-on cost for small businesses and service providers apart from Incorporation cost.

While commencing the business, fund is usually a constraint for the start-ups. Therefore, to save money, founders always look forward to avoid the burdensome cost of procuring commercial place of business. The service providers, artists, craftsmen and dealers on online platform do not require such place of Business as their business operations can be handled easily within a little space or only through basic infrastructure. Therefore, the requirement to procure any office is only an overhead for such businessmen and service providers.

A sole proprietorship firm or any unincorporated business can easily commence business at the residential address. However, the question arises while incorporation and registration of Company and LLP. Know here the reason and pros and cons of using Residential Address as Registered Office Address.

What is Registered Office?

A registered office is the official address of an incorporated company, Limited Liability Partnership, association or any other legal entity. The address provided as Registered Office is the part of the public record and is displayed on the portal of Ministry of Corporate Affairs for Master Data of Company/ LLP.

For making an application for LLP or company registration in India, the promoters are required to provide the address of Registered Office along with the address proof including the utility bill not being older than 2 months along with NOC from the owner of the place.

Can a company or an LLP be registered at a residential address?

Yes, any address can be provided as the registered office address for this purpose. Keeping the infrastructural needs in mind, if the residential place is a convenient option for you, it can work as registered address. However, as stated above, the consent of the owner is must for the using the property for business purpose. Alike any other place, ministry permits to take registration of residential address as registered office address. The registered office can be changed as and when required.

For incorporation application, the promoters can obtain registration at the residential place and subsequently establish other branch office as and when required. The company/LLP can operate from the place/office other than the registered office.

Most promoters choose the residence as registered office address in order to provide an address which is permanent in nature and to avoid the tedious procedure of change of registered office address after incorporation. Here, the temporary change of place of business is handled wisely until finding the suitable place of the business.

The address proof for business place and other required documents are furnished with incorporation application. With respect to address office latest utility bill, NOC from owner and rent agreement, if any, are submitted. In the NOC or rent agreement, the permission to use the address for registrations like GST or Shop & Establishment registration can be provided for convenience on part of promoters.

Following are the pointer to be kept in mind for choosing residence as place of business:

Positives:

  • This will not cost the promoters a lot of money and will reduce the overhead during the operations of Business.
  • Any correspondence addressed to the company will be directly received by the authorised person, which will make the work easier. However, these days, communication happens only through mail.
  • You may change the place of Business as and when required without change of registered office address and getting into such tedious procedure of change of office within the same city or outside the State.
  • The registration under GST or any other taxation registration can be obtained in the same place considering it as place of business. Further, the one can also provide any branch office for registration under taxation policy.

Negatives:

  • The address will be open for public access. This may lead to infringement of privacy of the directors or promoters or partners as the case may be.
  • Registration under Shop & Establishment Act can be obtained even at the place of residence when required along with any other registration required.
  • Once the place is registered for business purpose under Shop & Establishment Act of concerned State, the place will be treated as commercial place and appropriate rate of taxes will be levied on concerned address.
  • Providing a residential address may not act as impactful as commercial place of business and be less trust worthy for the clients and creditors of the organisation.

Conclusion:

Today’s scenario favours entrepreneurs and businessmen by permitting the residential place as Registered Office while incorporation of company or incorporation of LLP by providing required documents with the help and consultation of professionals. Whether to choose residential address as registered office is complete desertion of co-founders and depends on the nature of business as well as activities. However, it is always an cost-effective option to be considered while establishment of Business.

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22 Comments

  1. Hary Ramadhana Nasution 18/11/2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    thats good information to us if started new business

  2. Amit 15/04/2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Can we put the company board as well in residential address? Can it be removed or it is mandatory requirement as some apts doesn’t allow the same.

    • CS Prachi Prajapati 16/04/2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Amit,

      It is mandatory to have a board containing the name and address of registered office of the company outside every office from where the business is carried on.

  3. Ajith 11/03/2021 at 5:50 am - Reply

    1)It was a great information. I just need one small clarity. If a residential place has to be the registered office and i am a tenant, my owner has given me NOC as i treat this as a office and i am only 2 member managed trader. Is it mandatory to have a commercial meter and such things done or only NOC is enough?

    2)Place of Business vs Registered office. Meaning can I have a registered office and operate ie do business at different place. If i am a small trader that would be covenant for me to register a office at a place and do business in other area.

    Kindly help me with this query

    • CS Prachi Prajapati 21/07/2021 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thanks for your support Ajith. Please review below provided notes on your queries.

      1) If the place is registered for business purpose under Shop & Establishment Act of concerned State, the place will be treated as commercial place and appropriate rate of taxes will be levied on concerned address.

      2) Yes, you can have your residentail property as registered office for all compliace registration and have different place of business. T​he promoters can obtain registration at the residential place and subsequently establish other branch office as and when required. The company/LLP can operate from the place/office other than the registered office.

      Hope this helps.

      • Himanshu Rai 01/03/2022 at 5:58 am - Reply

        Hello Prachi,

        Can we use residential address to register trademark?

        And can we amend address of registered trademark after some time?

        Kindly help me with thus queries.

        • Ruchika Agarwal 02/03/2022 at 10:29 am - Reply

          Hi,

          If you have a residential address as your business address then, you can register a trademark with the same address. The address can be amended as and when you needed.

  4. Geej 07/05/2021 at 5:14 am - Reply

    In case of recoveries does the registered office address also in danger if we provide house address as office

    • CS Prachi Prajapati 21/07/2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

      In case of recoveries you will receive all the comminication on your registered office, however only assets of company will be taken into account. And if registered office is not an asset of company then the same will not be in any danger. Hope this helps.

  5. Ankit Purwar 26/10/2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Hi, could elaborate more on the taxation mentioned in the third point of the negatives.

    • Ruchika Agarwal 27/10/2021 at 5:26 am - Reply

      As per the Shop and Establishment Act of the concerned state, residential property has fewer tax rates than a commercial place.

  6. Chandrasekar 21/12/2021 at 5:35 am - Reply

    I am a tenant offering professional services (consultancy) and planning to use the residential rented place place as registered office. Will the nature of business be treated as commercial and attract taxes accordingly as for commercial establishments.

    • Ruchika Agarwal 23/12/2021 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Yes definitely, you can use a residential address to register the company. The place then will be considered as a commercial place and will attract the taxes as applies to commercial establishments.

  7. Kalyana Sundaram 09/02/2022 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi, I would like to get the below things clarified.
    I am going to start a online clothing store and to create a website also.

    My question is, i have my own house which is in my wife’s name. Do i need any NOC to register my company name in my home address.
    If i register my company with my home address, what are the taxes that i need pay.
    Will my electric bill be charged as per commercial standard??
    Pls advise..

    • Ruchika Agarwal 10/02/2022 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Hi,
      As you are planning to start a business in your name and the house is in your wife’s name, you need a NOC.

      As your business would be online, if you are only selling your own products online and if turnover is more than INR. 40 lakhs or you want to claim ITC you need to register under GST.
      But if you will also be selling other vendors’ products online through your site then you have to apply for GST registration.

      Moreover, you will be charged as per the commercial standards only.

      For further assistance, you can directly contact us on 1800 313 4151 or email us at support@legalwiz.in

  8. Vamsi Krishna 20/02/2022 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Excellent article but I’m still not clear on few things. Can you help me out

    1. Do we need to register under shop & establishment act if I want to start an e-commerce business as a sole proprietor & sell products with product packaging under my own brand.

    2. I’m planning to use my relatives address in other state as a registered office place and do operations from other state where I’m currently staying. Is that okay? Also, as I don’t want to register under shop & establishment act, I belive it will not be treated as commercial place.

    3. As my products will be shipping to any state on eCommerce. What license do I need or GST should be just fine.

    Much appreciated mam, if you could help me out.

    • Ruchika Agarwal 24/02/2022 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Hi,

      1. Firstly, Yes, you need a shop and establishment certificate to carry out your business operations legally in the particular state.

      2. Even, if you are planning to operate your business from a different state, your registered office that is your relative place must be considered a commercial place. Legally it is not allowed to start your business and not registered under shop and establishment act.

      3. You must go for GST, MSME and Shop and establishment registration.

      For further assistance, you can contact us on 1800 313 4151 or email us at support@legalwiz.in

  9. Vaish 01/03/2022 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Hi.
    I am making traditional paintings and selling them. Can I give my residential address for registration purposes and register my firm under a brand name initially. And in future can I change my office address in case I start an art firm in future.?

    • Ruchika Agarwal 02/03/2022 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Yes, you can use a residential address and later on, you can change your office address

  10. Renu 16/03/2022 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I have just incorporated a private limited company at my residensial address (registered addrss) in bangalore but have not started any work.

    Still my home address shall be considered as commercial space? I have not taken the GST No. also and do not have any plan to start operation/business at least for another 1-2 years.

    Please suggest

    • Ruchika Agarwal 16/03/2022 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Hi,
      In such case, you must fulfil the mandatory compliances even if you don’t start the business operations. Also, your residential address will be considered as a commercial place.

  11. Abhinav Kumar Singh 28/04/2022 at 8:45 am - Reply

    If I register company on a residential address will whole building will be treated as commerical place or just the part I am renting.

    As our building is a single owner, and there are 2 tenants other me and I want to register my company. Will whole building will be commercial or only place rented out to me will be commercial.

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