Apply for fund authorisation

Investment funds established in the UK and structured as collective investment schemes (CIS) must be authorised by us to be promoted to retail investors in the UK.

A fund or CIS that is established in the UK and takes one of the following legal forms must be authorised by us:

  • authorised contractual scheme (ACS)
  • authorised unit trust (AUT)
  • investment company with variable capital (ICVC)

When applying to have an investment fund authorised you must include the following:

  • application form
  • relevant supporting documents and information
  • application fee

Application forms

The application form you need to submit depends on the type of fund you want to establish in the UK:

  • authorised contractual scheme (ACS): Form 261C (DOC, 306KB, 33 pages)
  • authorised unit trust (AUT): Form 242 (DOC, 278KB, 31 pages)
  • investment company with variable capital (ICVC): Form 12 (DOC, 292KB, 33 pages)
  • European long-term investment fund (ELTIF): Form ELTIF (DOC, 283KB, 28 pages)

It is important you answer all questions on the form accurately and provide the supporting documents relevant to your proposed fund. This will ensure we can review your application as quickly as possible.

Your application may be considered incomplete if you do not answer all relevant questions or provide required information without telling us why, or you do not sign the declaration.

Supporting documents

Each of the application forms includes a checklist of documents that you should, where relevant, include with your application. These include:

  • ACS only: the draft of the proposed contractual scheme deed constituting the contractual scheme and a solicitor's certificate
  • ACS where it is a limited partnership scheme rather than a co-ownership scheme: the certificate of registration as a limited partnership, under the Limited Partnership Act 1907 and certified in accordance with section 16(2) of that act (or a copy of the certificate)
  • AUT only: the draft of the trust deed constituting the unit trust and a solicitor's certificate (if the draft is based on the IMA model trust deed all deviations should be highlighted, including proposed omissions)
  • ICVC only: the draft of the instrument of incorporation constituting the ICVC and a solicitor's certificate (if the draft is based on the IMA model instrument of incorporation all deviations should be highlighted, including proposed omissions)
  • the draft prospectus and a checklist indicating where the information required by COLL 4.2.5R or COLL 8.3.4R is located in the prospectus
  • a model portfolio for each authorised fund
  • the draft key investor information document if you are seeking authorisation for a UCITS scheme, or NURS-KII if you are seeking authorisation of a NURS and you wish to opt-in
  • for fund of alternative investments fund (FAIF): details of the due diligence process as required under COLL, including written procedures, resources, delegated functions, confirmation the depositary is satisfied with the process, and any due diligence already undertaken in respect of target schemes
  • documents to evidence any guarantee arrangement

If the fund is a non-UCITS retail scheme (NURS) or qualified investor scheme (QIS) managed by a UK AIFM, you also have to notify us of the new AIF under management using this form:

KIID/NURS-KII draft document

When applying for fund authorisation. you can provide one draft KIID/NURS-KII document as an illustration of the proposal, such as a draft KIID/NURS-KII reflecting income units with any differences within unit class designations being identified.

You will also have to confirm that any amendments made during our review process will be included in the final versions to be submitted with Form FN (DOC, 133KB, 6 pages). You have to submit a KIID/NURS-KII for all unit classes being issued, unless a representative KIID/NURS-KII (as per the Regulations) is being produced, with Form FN.

Application fee

The current application fees are detailed in the fees manual.

When applying you must attach a cheque to your application or make a BACS or CHAPS payment to ‘FCA Collection’ and include ‘CIS’ followed by the scheme name as a reference.

The FCA Collection account details are:

Account name: FCA Collection
Bank name: Lloyds Bank
Account number: 00828179
Sort code: 30-00-02
IBAN code: GB68 LOYD 3000 0200 8281 79

Once a fund is authorised by us, it is also subject to periodic fees. The fees manual has further information on these.

Submit an application

Send your applications

  • by email ukcis@fca.org.uk or
  • post to Fund Authorisations, Financial Conduct Authority, 25 The North Colonnade, London E14 5HS

When emailing documents the name of each document must follow our naming conventions.

Emails may contain multiple documents but do not compress documents unless the total size of the email, including documents, exceeds 10MB.

Compressed documents must be in a .zip format (Legacy Zip 2.0) and are also subject to the 10MB limit, so you may need to send multiple emails. If sending multiple emails you should mark it ‘email x of x’ in the subject.

You must confirm in the email that an original permanent signed copy of the application or notification will be retained for an appropriate period for inspection.

Contact us

When we receive a complete application we will send you a confirmation email that will include the contact details of the case officer who will deal with your application.

If you have a query about an open application or notification, you should firstly contact your case officer.

Email other queries to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

Further information

The relevant rules for UK authorised funds are in:

NURS and QIS funds are also subject to additional requirements under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).