DS02 to withdraw your company dissolution application

You must complete the form DS02 to withdraw your company dissolution application with Companies House. You must comply with section 1009 of the Companies Act 2006 for the circumstances under which the application may be withdrawn.

Information required to complete the form DS02

You would require the following information to complete the form DS02 to withdraw your company dissolution application with Companies House.

Section 1: Company details

Fill in your company number. You can get your company number from the Companies House website. It is also printed on your certificate of incorporation or certificate of change of name.

Section 2: Notice of withdrawal of application

Once you signed this form, you agree that your company is to withdraw your company dissolution application with Companies House. In other words, you are withdrawing your DS01 form for an application to strike off your company previously submitted to Companies House.

Section 3: Signature

You must sign the form. The person signing the form DS02 must be a Director.

Where to send your DS02

You may send your completed DS02 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

For companies registered in England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.

For companies registered in Scotland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

For companies registered in Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature. You can easily upload your documents to Companies House online platform.

You are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

For this purpose, you would require your company’s authentication code to file online. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Voluntary strike-off application submitted on or after 10 July 2020

Voluntary strike-off application submitted on or after 10 July 2020 to Companies House will be processed according to pre-COVID-19 outbreak timeline.

Your company will be dissolved after publication in the Gazette has expired. Usually, around 2 months’ time. With one more condition that is no objection received for your company being dissolved voluntarily.

Withdraw your voluntary strike-off application

Should you change your mind, you can withdraw your Voluntary strike-off application by submitting the form DS02. You can do this online or by post.

You can only withdraw your voluntary strike-off process provided your company is not yet dissolved by Companies House. If your company is already been dissolved then you must restore your company if you want it back to active.

Voluntary strike-off applications submitted from March 2020 to 9 July 2020 to restart on 10 September 2020

If your Voluntary strike-off application was submitted to Companies House between March 2020 to 9 July 2020, your application is currently on hold but will restart from 10 September 2020.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House further support UK businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your company’s filing deadline is automatically extended. This will help you to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time during this pandemic. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

On the same note, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Likewise, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

During this pandemic, you are encouraged to submit your documents online to Companies House. You can use the webfiling service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Companies House restart the voluntary strike-off process

Companies House will restart the voluntary strike-off process from 10 September 2020. All the voluntary strike-off applications were suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Normally, after you submit your DS01 voluntary strike-off application to Companies House, you will receive a letter confirming stating that your company will be struck off within 2 months if no objections are received.

If your company is still not yet been dissolved, either due to temporary suspension put in place by Companies House or someone has objected to your dissolution.

When Companies House restart the voluntary strike-off process from 10 September, your company will be removed from the register shortly if the following occur:

  • no objection received for your company.
  • 2 months publication at the Gazette has expired.

Object to a company being struck off the register

You must send in your objection to Companies House by email (enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk) or by post if you object to a company being struck off because the company still owed you money or in a legal dispute.

You can only object to a company from being dissolved after it was published in the Gazette.

Companies House will let you if your objection is accepted or otherwise. You must send in further evidence by the deadline if Companies House requires it. If they did not receive further evidence by the deadline specified then the strike-off process will resume.

You must send in your objection as soon as it was published in the Gazette or at least 2 weeks before the notice expired.

Withdraw your DS01 Voluntary strike-off application

You can withdraw your voluntary strike off application if you change your mind. However, you can only do this if your company is not yet dissolved by Companies House.

You may withdraw your application online. Alternatively, you may complete the form DS02 and send it to Companies House.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK companies during COVID-19 pandemic. They automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help your company to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

Concurrently, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Similarly, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

You are encouraged to file your documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the online web filing service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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