To register a business in Hong Kong, you must have a registered commercial address. If your company moves to a new office, you must notify the Hong Kong Companies Registry within 15 days. Failure to do so is an offence, and every person responsible for the company can be liable for a late fee of HK$1,000 per day.
The Hong Kong SAR government usually sends four letters to a Hong Kong limited company per year: one (1) from the Statistics Department and three (3) from the Inland Revenue Department. All these letters have a timeframe to reply, and a late fee will incur if one does not respond before the deadline. Hence, it is important to choose a reliable TCSP licensee for the business office address service.
Why Choose Our Address Service for Your Business?
Get Started HK can offer you a virtual address service at World Trust Tower in Central. Central is known to be the Central business district (CBD) in Hong Kong and it is often viewed as the most premier business location. If you want to present the best image to your customers, you should choose our registered address in Central when completing your business registration process in Hong Kong.
We do not merely provide an address parking service. If your company receives any government mail, our team will open and scan them free of charge. We provide appropriate guidelines so you can understand the action(s) needed to be taken. As a hassle-free service, you can also expect prompt and reliable updates so you can focus on developing your business.
Which Virtual Office Address Should I Rent for My Business?
Get Started HK has an office in all three districts in Hong Kong. We recommend choosing our Central office if you want to register a business in Hong Kong. Our office addresses are:
- Level 7, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central
- Level 5, Xing Hua Centre, 433 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon.
- Level 19, Golden Bear Centre, 66-82 Chai Wan Kok Street, Tsuen Wan, NT
Pricing for the three virtual office address is all the same.
Understanding Hong Kong’s Districts
Hong Kong is a small city. However, there can be great diversity between each district as the culture is heavily influenced by both the East and the West. So, when choosing an office address, you should understand the differences between each district in Hong Kong.
In this section, we will classify Hong Kong into three main districts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories.
Hong Kong Island
Most International Companies and Government Departments are located on Hong Kong Island. Within the Island is the financial hub; Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Sheung Wan are the key Central Business Districts. Most expats live in this area and rents are probably the most expensive among all districts. Hong Kong Island may also be one of the most expensive places to rent an office in the world. If you’re looking for business registration in Hong Kong, you can expect to see some ‘grade A’ office space reaching over HK$200 per square foot.
Most international businesses choose to register their business in Hong Kong Island’s Central Business District. We have highlighted four subway stations for your reference. They are Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Sheung Wan. Many expats choose to work in this area. However, foreigners shall understand that a Hong Kong Island address does not necessarily mean a proper address.
There are some subdivisions which are supposed to be for residential use. For example, if you choose to rent an office at Fortress Hill, which is a few subway stations away from Central, your company image may be viewed very differently. If you want to create the image that your company is sizable, we would recommend choosing a Central address when registering a business in Hong Kong.
If your business is targeting local customers, you may want to consider office space in the Kowloon area. Due to the high rent on the Island side, many corporations and government departments have been relocating their office to this area. For example, J.P. Morgan Chase plans to transfer its Hong Kong team to Kwun Tong next year. Rent is relatively cheaper in this District, making it perfect for those planning to register a business in Hong Kong. Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok are also some of the busiest districts in Hong Kong and are ideal places to rent an office.
However, if you choose to rent in the Kowloon area, be aware of the difference between Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan, or Mongkok and Prince Edward. All these sub-districts are very near each other, sometimes only a few minutes’ walk apart. For example, choosing an address in Jordan may give customers the impression that your company is running out of budget or you are just a tiny company. Hence, if you are not familiar with Hong Kong, play safe and choose our office address for business registration purposes!
Most companies choose New Territories as their back office. For example, due to cheaper rent and larger office sizes, the Get Started HK administration team is based in Tsuen Wan which is in the New Territories district. This allows us to lower our expenses and provides us with ample space to store most of our equipment and documents. If budget is a concern, you may want to consider the New Territories. Rent in industrial areas like Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun are usually affordable. However, customers should note that it is not easy to recruit or retain talent who can speak fluent English in this area.
How do I get a virtual office address from you?
Get Started HK has different Hong Kong business registration packages available. Our standard, deluxe, and premium packages all include a registered address service. The default address option is at World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central. For more information about registering a business in Hong Kong, please visit our Pricing page.
If you are not sure which address to choose, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office hotline at +852 2813 7600.
How Our Virtual Office Address Service Works
Email notification and Scanning Service
Get Started HK will send you an email notification when there is mail addressed to your company, and we offer a scanning service with a HK$30 handling fee per letter. For ease of payment, we usually charge when the service fee reaches HK$600 (i.e., 20 scans), so you don’t have to pay for each request. Note that all government letters are free of charge.
Mail Forwarding Service
If you prefer to open the mail yourself, we can arrange mail forwarding as per your request. You will need to tell us your preferred mailing method, i.e., HK Speedpost, FedEx, DHL, SF Express, and pay the mailing/shipping fee(s).
For easy reference, the Hong Kong Speedpost service can usually deliver mail to most major countries within five business days. FedEx and DHL are often more efficient. They usually take 1 – 2 business days.
Annual Cost for New Customers
For customers who would like to switch their office address to Get Started HK, our discounted price is HK$1,100. All you need to do is to sign a written resolution, and we will arrange the rest of the documents and filing for you. Changes usually take 5 – 7 business days.
Hong Kong Business Office Address FAQs
After I make the payment, how fast can I use Get Started HK’s address?
Get Started HK will first provide you with a written resolution to execute, and data will be filed in the government record. If you are using our incorporation package, you can use the business or virtual office address right after your company is successfully registered.
Can I put the virtual address or office address in my name card, letterhead or website?
Yes, you can put the virtual address in your name card, letterhead, and website. However, we will not be able to greet your customers on your behalf. The address is for business registration and mailing purposes only.
What if I want to change my address in the future?
If you rent your own office in the future, you can always change the registered office address listed in the incorporation documents. Company owners must inform both the Companies Registry and the Inland Revenue Department. If you want us to prepare the reports for you to switch away, our fee is HK$1,000.
Our Tips on Choosing a Reputable Business Office Address Provider
1. Are they licensed? In Hong Kong, a company needs to be a TCSP licensee if they provide address services. You can confirm this by asking for their license number and checking the database of Companies Registry. Don’t search for the company name; search for the license number. Scammers can easily replicate a company name. Our TCSP license no. is TC000807.
2. Online Reviews. Some firms are TSCP license holders, but you can see a bunch of negative reviews of their service. You should first check out the company Google and Facebook review before making your decision. Generally speaking, you should only choose a company with legitimate positive Google reviews.
3. English Communication Skills. You have to choose a TCSP address provider that is fluent in English. Their English need not be perfect, but they can help avoid miscommunications in essential company matters. At least they need to be able to inform you what the letter is about. If the message is from the government, they also have to be able to advise potential solutions.