Registered Office and Virtual Office services

Registered office requirements in Ireland

Every company incorporating in Ireland is required to have a registered office within the country. This is a requirement of the Companies Registration Office (CRO) in Ireland and the registered office address needs to be provided upon the creation of your company. This address is where official documents are served and where people have the right to visit to inspect documents and to make deliveries by hand. As a result the CRO will not accept PO Box numbers as a registered address.
If you have a residence or offices in Ireland then you can use one of those as your registered address. If you don't have a residence or office in Ireland, or you just don't want to use them as your registered address, then you can use a Virtual Office provider. Small businesses often use these places when the directors are from outside of Ireland. It is a relatively cheap way to establish a corporate presence within Ireland as renting office space can be too costly for some businesses.

Virtual Office services

Each Service Provider will offer their own tailored package.  In general, you can use their office as your Registered Address and Business Address while the providers differ on how they deal with your post received at their office and what optional extras are available.
  1. Registered Business Address — You can use the provider's address as your company's registered address to incorporate your company and for correspondence with the Irish Revenue Commissioners and your business generally.
  2. Post — the provider accepts your mail and either holds it for collection or sends it on to you. Often, there are additional charges from the provider for posting your mail.
  3. Optional Extras — This will include such things as:
    • Telephone and fax answering/redirecting
    • Use of meeting rooms at the provider's premises

Deciding on a Virtual Office Service Provider

Below is a price comparison of some of the best value service providers, the location of their premises and the fee charged (excluding VAT at 23%) annually for the virtual office.  Also, noted is the mail service that each provider includes within the annual fee.
Service Provider Location Annual Fee Mail Service Included in Fee
Dublin Serviced Offices Dublin 2 €240 Collection free — Forwarded at cost
Irish Formations Cork City €240 Post scanned & emailed
Office Link Dublin 12 €315 None
Company Formations Dublin 2 €350 Forwards post
Formacompany.ie Co. Clare €320 None

Changing registered office

You can change your registered office address at any time by contacting Incorporate Ireland here.