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 You must comply with section 1009 of the Companies Act 2006 for the circumstances under which the application may be withdrawn.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

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

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.

How to object a company being struck off

You can object a company being struck off if you have good reasons to do so. For example, the company is still trading or owed you money when you see the dissolution notice on the Gazette. For this purpose, you must send your objection in writing with supporting evidence to Companies House.

Generally, your objection must reach Companies House within 2 months and at least 2 weeks before it is officially being struck off.

By email

You can send an email to Companies House at enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

By post

Companies House England and Wales

Dissolution Section
Registrar of Companies for England and Wales
Companies House
Crown Way
Cardiff
CF14 3UZ

Companies House Northern Ireland

Dissolution Section
Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland
Companies House
2nd Floor
The Linenhall
32-38 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BG

Companies House Scotland

Dissolution Section
Registrar of Companies for Scotland
Companies House
4th Floor
Edinburgh Quay 2
139 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 9FF

May be too late to object

If you think your objection documents will not arrive in time, call Companies House – they may decide to delay the process by 2 weeks.

Companies House
Telephone: 0303 1234 500
Textphone: 029 2022 6788
Welsh language: 029 2038 0065
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm

Call Companies House if you have a disability that prevents you from emailing or posting your objection. You’ll have one month to arrange for someone to email or post supporting evidence for you.

Review your objection

Thereafter, Companies House would review your objection and supporting evidence. If your application is successful, they will postpone the struck off process usually 3 or 6 months. During this period, you shall communicate with Companies House if you require more time to take legal action against the company and so on.

This is how to object to a company being struck off the register.

How to close UK company

We will show you how to close your UK company with Companies House steps by steps. You can do it yourself or ask an accountant to do it for you. A lawyer and company formation agent also provide company dissolution services.

Generally, your company will be removed from Companies House register if your confirmation statement or company accounts or both are overdue. However, this is not a proper way to get rid of your UK company. It may affect your good name if you come back to business later in the future.

1. Company dissolution form DS01

Download the latest company dissolution form DS01 from Gov.UK website. Enter your company number and full name then get all your company directors to sign the DS01 form.

2. Companies House fee

There is a statutory fee £10 payable to Companies House. You must make a cheque or postal orders payable to Companies House. Send the payment to Companies House together with your DS01 form.

3. Where to send your DS01

Where to send your DS01 form is dependent on where your company was registered originally. You can find this out easily. Just look at your company registered office address. For instance, if your company has a registered office address in London then you send your DS01 form to Companies House office England and Wales. Simple as that.

If your company has a registered office address in England and Wales, you send your DS01 form to Companies House in Cardiff.

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

If your company has a registered office address in Scotland, you send your DS01 form to the Companies House in Edinburgh.

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).

If your company has a registered office address in Northern Ireland then you send your DS01 form to Companies House in Belfast.

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 will process your company dissolution application. A notice of your company’s dissolution will be published in your local Gazette. If nobody objects, your company will be closed after 2 months.

You may contact Companies House or our accountants if you have any questions on how to close your UK company.

Voluntary strike off your company

Voluntary strike off your limited company means a director or directors of your limited company could make an application with Companies House to have your company dissolved. In other words, to have it removed from the register.

This process will terminate your company’s existence for good. Thereafter, your company would be available for the public or your competitors to register as their company names.

To begin with, your company must meet certain criteria before you can apply to strike it off the register.

Firstly, you are obliged to comply in section 1004 and 1005 of the Companies Act 2006. To put it another way, your company must not be involved in any litigation that is still ongoing with the court or under any insolvency arrangement that has not been concluded.

Secondly, you must inform everyone that would be directly affected by the decision to dissolve your company. Everyone in this situation includes your employee, creditor, director, manager, trustee and so on.

In other words, you must make sure that you do not contravene with Section 1006 and 1007 of the Companies Act 2006. Besides, you must serve the notice within 7 days.

Apply for a voluntary strike off your limited company

First of all, you apply using Form DS01. All your directors must sign and date the form before you submit the form to Companies House.

Once Companies House approves your application, the proposal to strike off your company will be published in the Gazette for two months. During this period, if there are any persons or organisation objects to your company being struck off, the process will be on hold. Companies House will get in contact with your directors.

Companies House is likely to put your voluntary striking off process on hold under the following circumstances.

  1. Company’s Value added tax (VAT) still unpaid.
  2. Corporation tax is still outstanding with HM Revenue and Customs.
  3. Creditors are pursuing their debts legally.
  4. Employees were not informed of your intention to strike off your company and you still owed them money.

After your company been dissolved

Subsequently, you do not have to submit your confirmation statement and company account to Companies House.

Late filing penalty

In the event that your company account is overdue. You would be liable to pay the late filing penalty. Usually, Companies House would issue a late filing penalty after they received your accounts.

This happens frequently to dormant companies. The owners either forgot or think that since their company is dormant therefore nothing to file.

For example, if your company account is already three months late. Instead of filing your dormant account and pay the £750 you can apply to strike off for your company. In this case, Companies House would no longer pursue any late filing penalty.

Want to dissolve your company

If you require help with dissolving your dormant company, our accountants would be able to help you. We will handle the dissolution process from start to finish for you and update you of the progress.

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