Requirements for registration of Limited Companies (CAP 486 LAWS OF KENYA )

  1. Proposed name must be reserved pending registration (Name can only be reserved for thirty days). Application for reservation should be made in writing and be accompanied with the requisite fee.
  2. Documents for incorporation of company (i.e. memorandum and Articles of Association) should be drawn by a lawyer, who should submit the same to the Registry together with the prescribed forms and fees. These forms are obtainable at the Registry.
  3. All companies must appoint a qualified certified public secretary as company secretary
  4. Certificate of Incorporation is processed within 7(seven) days of presentation of PROPERLY completed forms.
  5. Refusal of registration is communicated in writing to the applicant.

NOTE: A registered company MUST forthwith comply with the requirements of the Companies Act, e.g. filing of Annual Returns.


Private Companies

Public Companies : In addition to the above Forms, Public Companies must also submit

  • Form 209 – Consent to act as Director of a company.
  • Form 210 – List of persons who have consented to act as directors.
  • Form 212 – Declaration that the provisions of sec. 111(2) b have been complied with Statement in lieu of prospectus.

FOREIGN COMPANIES : Required Documents

  • Certified copies of foreign companies memorandum and Articles of Association and Certificate of Incorporation duly certified by a Notary Public.
  • Form 236 – List of documents delivered for registration by a company incorporated outside Kenya.
  • Form 237 – List and particulars of the directors and secretary of a company incorporated outside Kenya.
  • Form 238 – List of names and addresses of the persons resident in Kenya authorized to receive service on behalf of a company incorporated outside Kenya.
  • Form 250 – Notice of situation of registered or principal office or change therein of a company incorporated outside Kenya.


Registration of companies Fees is dependent on the nominal share capital of the company(fees assessment can be obtained from the cashiers)
Filing any form required to be filed with the Registrar under the relevant Act 200/= N/B Default fee is payable if such form is not lodged within the prescribed period.
Registration of charges 600/=
Registration of debentures 600/=
Filing of Annual Return 400/= N/B Default fee is payable if return is not filed within the prescribed period
Official search 600/=
Filing of Resolution 1,100/= N/B Default fee is payable if Resolution is not filed within the prescribed period.
Foreign Companies 6800/=

Source: The office of the Attorney General


4 thoughts on “Requirements for registration of Limited Companies (CAP 486 LAWS OF KENYA )

  1. How comes registration of a limited company has no a fixed amount. 25000 a times 30000 when using a consultant, whats going on in between?

  2. This is very good. It shows our government is embracing technology. A lot of agents who are exploiting kenyans citizens will be kept off. Please indicate how long it takes to process the registration and where to do it.

  3. this is excellent. i tried calling my company secretary the whole morning just to get this info, but one of my staff knew about this site and copied me the link. i am happy that the info is simplified. kkep it up.

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