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Dongguan Announces New Registered Office Requirements

Dongguan has introduced new regulations relating to the registration of official business addresses. The new requirements were outlined in the Administrative Measures for the Registration of Domicile (Place of Business) of Business Entities and cover a number of areas, including the need for enterprises to have their own premises, the protocols applying to registering an address within a partitioned space and the specified criteria under which a number of linked businesses can share the same registered address.

The regulations, which came into effect on 24 October this year and will remain in force until 23 October 2023, also detail the registered address requirements as they apply to a number of different business entities, including limited liability companies, foreign-invested enterprises, individual proprietorship enterprises and individually-owned businesses.

Among the key requirements of the new regulations are the following:

  • Every business entity must have a registered office address, unless it is a shop/stall located in a shopping centre/commodities trading market or it is using the services of a professional registered office provider.
  • Should a business entity occupy a sub-divided independent space within a larger premises, it must apply for an individual designated address for the sub-divided space it occupies from the relevant local authorities. This designated address should then be used for business registration purposes.
  • If a business’ registered office is sub-divided into non-independent partitions, seating and other spaces, the registration must be done in accordance with the requirements of relevant cluster office registration management system of the Dongguan city.
  • If various co-located business entities share common ownership, the same address may be used as their duly registered office.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Circular of the Dongguan Municipal People’s Government on the Issuance of Administrative Measures for the Registration of Domicile (Place of Business) of Business Entities (Dong Fu No.128 [2018])

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