API versioning

The Companies House API is versioned using MIME types and content negotiation.

You can request a specific version of a resource using the Accept request header, and the resource version is returned in the Content-Type response header.

Each resource is versioned independently - there is no global API version number.


  • the MIME types and resource examples used here are for demonstration purposes only, you should consult the API resource documentation for up to date MIME types
  • existing API resources will be frozen at v0 and will be maintained for 3 months


This request returns the latest version (1.1) of a Company Profile resource:

GET /company/12345678 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/x.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=1.1

  "company_number": "12345678"

Version changes

Version numbers will be incremented for breaking changes, for example:

  • removing or renaming a field
  • changing a field data type
  • changing the structure of a nested field

Non-breaking changes will not increment the version number, for example:

  • adding additional fields

Default versions

The default behaviour is to return the latest version of a resource, when:

  • no Accept header is provided with the request
  • the Accept header is set to application/json or */*

HTTP response codes

For a valid Accept header, the HTTP response codes are specified in the API endpoint documentation.

If the Accept header type or version is invalid, a 406 response is returned:

GET /company/12345678 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=999

HTTP/1.1 406 Not Acceptable

If the Accept header MIME type has recently expired, say version 0, then a 410 response is returned:

GET /company/12345678 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=0

HTTP/1.1 410 Gone


When a resource version is deprecated its expiry date will be provided in a CH-Expiry-Date response header.

This provides the date the resource version will become unavailable, which will typically be three months after the deprecation date.

For example:

GET /company/12345678 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=1

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=1
CH-Expiry-Date: 2016-01-01; rel=application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=1

  "company_number": "12345678"

The rel parameter specifies which MIME type has been deprecated.

This isn't versioning, but is a related resource control scheme


In some circumstances, a resource may need to be partially created or updated (for example, a resource that is being saved to be resumed at a later date). The resource members that have been submitted should still be validated in most circumstances, and this is controlled through the validation content type parameter.

The validation parameter can take the following values:

  • full (the default)
  • partial
  • none

    POST /company/12345678 HTTP/1.1
    Content-Type: application/vnd.companieshouse.company-profile+json; version=1; validation=partial
    "company_number": "12345678"