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All You Need To Know About Company Form 18 (Uganda Company Registration Guide)

To carry out business in Uganda minus disturbance, you must register your business fully and legally. Form 18 is one of the crucial documents one ought to have to certify legal registration.


Company registration is a process that requires having certain documents in the names of registration forms depending on the laws, articles, and codes of the region/ country. In Uganda, particularly, to have your business or your company registered, you must have several forms to fill, and company form 18 is one of them.


To register a business/company in Uganda, it is crafted and officiated by companies Act No.1 of 2012, which provides the legal framework under which companies can be formed for legal purposes. It is only after legal registration in Uganda that a company is recognized as a legal person with the capacity and powers to act on its own.


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The body that is in charge of legal registration of businesses and companies in Uganda is known as the Uganda Registration Bureau of Services; this body doesn’t discriminate registration of any company, meaning that it is open to all kinds of business, whether just a business name, joint venture, branch office, local or foreign company or even a partnership.



Additionally, URSB is mandated to register whether public or private companies, foreign companies, legal and security documents are liable for registration. In the process of registration, you are required to fill several forms, and company form 18 is one of them; however, this depends on the kind of business that you have to register; for example, form 18 is required only when registering a local company or business but not a requirement when registering a foreign business.


All about the Company Form 18


A necessity

Company form 18 of business registration is a notice of registered office and postal address. When registration of the company is done, this form has to be within 14 working days after the company registration date.

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1. Company form 18 is necessary when registering a company limited by guarantee in Uganda. To register a company limited by guarantee, one needs to first book or reserve a name for their business and file the Company registration form that is S.18, memorandum of understanding, and articles of association with the registrar’s office. When company registration has been done, several other forms must be filed in addition to form 18 when registering a company limited by guarantee (company returns), and some of these forms include;

  • Company form 20, which seeks for particulars of directors and secretaries and must be filed within 14 working days

  • There is also company form 10, which is the return of allotment, which must be filed within 60 days.

  • And the form of annual return for a company that is limited by shares and has to be filed once a year.



2. Company form 18 is also required when one wants to register a local company limited by shares; however one needs first to reserve a name for their business and must be accompanied by documents to be filed with the registrar of companies’ office.

These documents include;

  • Companies’ registration form, which is s.18

  • Memorandum of understanding and articles of association

  • Additional required company forms

  • A1, which is a statement of nominal capital

(a) Details that must be filled in before filing company form 18 in regards to the (notice of situation of the registered office and the registered postal address)

Name of the company …………………

Presented by (your name preferably)………….

(b) Details that must be filled in before filing company form 18 in regards to the (registrar of companies’ office)

Name of the company (insert it)……………….

Location……………………………………………………

Postal address of the company…………………

Date…………………………………………………………

Signature………………………………………………….

In conclusion, that is the basic information that you may need to know about company registration form 18 in Uganda of Uganda registration bureau of services, however, for more information, you can reach out to them either physically, by phone, or by email and their full contact information is just right below here;

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URSB Contact Info

Location and address; plot 5 George Street, Georgian House, P.O.Box 6848, Kampala-Uganda. Contact and telephone number details;

  • Call center number; +256417338100

  • Phone number; +256414233219

  • WhatsApp contact; +256712448448

  • Toll-free number; 0800100006

  • Fax number; +256414250712

  • Email; ursb@ursb.go.ug

Branches of URSB Uganda registration services bureau has many branches across the country, and thus you could contact them depending on your nearest location at any convenient time of your choice, the branches country are about 6, let us take a look at the location of each one of them for easy guidance and directions just in case you wanted to approach them physically; In Kampala there are 3 branches, URSB is located at;

  • Posta Uganda Main Office, Kampala Road Booth 2 & 3

  • UIA offices, Tweed plaza (1st floor) Lumumba avenue

  • Nakivu- Sekaziga House floor 1, Nakivubo mews

In Mbarara there is one branch, and it is located at; plot 1, Kamukuzi hill. Gulu has one branch as well which is located at; Plot 6B princess road Mbale has one branch which is located at; plot 3, park crescent at Ministry of Justice and constitutional Affairs. Masaka also has a single branch located; plot 26, Edward Avenue, Mayor's chambers. Arua, too, has one branch located at; plot 42/44 Packwach road. Subsidiary Institutions: URSB works in tandem with

  • Uganda Revenue Authority

  • Kampala capital city Authority

  • Plan Uganda

  • United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund

  • United Nations Population Fund

  • Justice Law and Order Sector

  • African Regional Intellectual property organization

  • World Intellectual property organization