Schedule of fees

Online transactions for which you need to pay a fee

Fees apply for completing some online transactions on the Companies Register. A number of invoicing and payment options are available for paying these fees.

Companies Office fees

All fees are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and the fees shown below are effective from 1 July 2022.

Service Companies Office fee excl GST FMA levy excl GST XRB levy excl GST IP levy excl GST Total
excl GST
Total incl GST
Company name reservation $10 N/A N/A N/A $10 $11.50
Company incorporation $90 $21.74 $6 $1 $118.74 $136.55
Company annual return $21 $21.74 $6 $1 $49.74 $57.20
Company annual return API $18 $21.74 $6 $1 $46.74 $53.75
Company amalgamation $350 N/A N/A N/A $350 $402.50
Company restoration $150 N/A N/A N/A $150 $172.50
Financial statement filing (under the Companies Act 1993) $175 N/A N/A N/A $175 $201.25
Financial statement filing (under the FMC) $175 $80 N/A N/A $255 $293.25

Fees for changing a company name

There is no fee to register a change of company name, however there is a fee for reserving a new company name — $10 (plus GST). When you swap names with another company, you must pay a fee of $10 (plus GST) for each company.

Paying fees

If you have an online services account with us, a message will appear when you're performing a transaction that has a fee attached. You can select Pay Now to proceed, or Exit to end the transaction without payment.

If you've set up a direct debit payment option on your account, you're invoiced monthly for any fees charged to your account.

You can also pay fees as you go using a credit or debit card, or using internet banking.

Using an API to pay your fees

We offer a range of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow customers to build software that connects directly to our systems.

The fees for some of our online services are lower if you use our API. For example, when filing an annual return, the Companies Office portion of the fee is $18 (plus GST) if you use our API, instead of $21 (plus GST) if you use our online service.

Information about APIs, including technical specifications and support to use them can be found on the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) API website.

All help topics

Before you start a company 5 guides

Get an overview of how companies are structured, find out about the company records you need to keep, and what's involved when you incorporate with and report to the Companies Office.

Shares and shareholders 7 guides

When you incorporate, you must provide details of all company shares and shareholders. As changes occur, you must update this information on your own share register and in your company's annual return.

Company directors 7 guides

Directors have responsibilities to their company and shareholders, and under the Companies Act 1993. You must register all your directors with the Companies Office and they must sign a consent form.​

Filing annual returns 8 guides

Find out about filing an annual return — the information you need to update, how to change your filing month or request a time extension — and what happens if you don't file your annual return by the due date.

Complying with the law 11 guides

Restoring a company to the register 4 guides

Only some companies can be reinstated to the Companies Register once they've been removed. Find out who can apply, what evidence to provide and if you should apply to the Registrar or the High Court.

Managing your online account 8 guides