You have to choose the company type and a company name first. In choosing a company name, please refer to the Companies Registry’s Guideline on Registration of Company Names for Hong Kong Companies (pdf format) and the frequently asked questions relating to Company Name on this website for details.
Then, you have to deliver the application documents with the correct fees either electronically through the Registry’s electronic service portal “e-Registry” or in hard copy form to the Shroff on the 14th floor of the Queensway Government Offices. The application documents include:
a) Incorporation Form -Form NNC1(for company limited by shares) or Form NNC1G (for company not limited by shares).
b) A copy of the company’s articles of association.
c) A Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR1).
Please also refer to the information pamphlet on Incorporation of a Local Limited Company (pdf format) when preparing the above documents.
The application fee for incorporation of a local company having a share capital is HK$1,720. If your application is unsuccessful, you can apply for a refund of the registration fee of HK$1,425 (the lodgment fee of HK$295 is non-refundable).
The registration fee for incorporation of a company limited by guarantee is calculated according to the number of members stated in the Incorporation Form (Form NNC1G) of the company. The registration fee is HK$170 (for number of members not exceeding 25 ), HK$340 (for number of members exceeds 25 but does not exceed 100 members), and HK$20 for every additional 50 members or less after the first 100 members. This registration fee is subject to a maximum fee of HK$1,025.
Any person who delivers an application for company incorporation will be deemed to have applied for business registration. Hence, the prescribed business registration fee and levy must also be delivered together with the Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR1) and the incorporation documents. Please refer to the Business Registration Fee and Levy Table for the correct amount of fees payable.
Yes. Non-Hong Kong residents may incorporate a local limited company in Hong Kong. If you do not often stay in Hong Kong or you are not familiar with the incorporation procedures, it is advisable for you to contact some local professional firms e.g. solicitors, accountancy or secretarial firms etc. for advice and/or appoint them to act on your behalf to set up a company in Hong Kong.
No. The registered office must be situated in Hong Kong.
Q6. What is a Company Secretary? Does incorporation of the Hong Kong limited company need the Company Secretary? +
The post of Company Secretary is required by statutory. The duties of Company Secretary include reporting to Companies Registry about any change of the company’s structure and key personnel.
Incorporation of the Hong Kong limited company must have Company Secretary:
1. If it is a person, he / she must be a Hong Kong resident and provide a valid Hong Kong address.
2. If it is a corporation, it must be a Hong Kong Limited Company.