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Information and guidance notes

Guidance materials and further information

We are here to help. We want to ensure our processes are comprehensive and easy to use. Based on feedback received we are continuing to develop our guidance notes and our website.

The law

CICs are companies formed under the Companies Act 2006 and are subject to that Act and company law generally.

The legislation about the creation of CICS is in the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and the Northern Ireland Order, The Companies Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2, Consequential Amendments, Transition Provisions and Savings) Order 2007.

More detailed requirements containing the rules under which CICs operate are contained in the Community Interest Company Regulations 2005.

The guidance

The guidance was first issued on 14th May 2005 and is reviewed and updated regularly. The "index" below sets out the guidance chapters and annexes we have available. You are able to access a particular chapter/annex by "subject", via the left-hand menu.


One Introduction
Two Preliminary considerations
Three Limited companies
Four Creating a CIC
Five Constitutional governance
Six The asset lock
Seven Financing Community Interest Companies
Eight Statutory governance
Nine Corporate governance
10 Transfer of assets and ceasing to be a CIC
11 The Regulator


A Worked examples of dividend calculations
B Abbreviations, definitions and references
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