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It is possible to dissolve your company by filing the form DS01 and sending it to Companies House with the fee of £10. This method of dissolving your company is best suited where the company has remained dormant (non-trading) since incorporation. Provided the directors (and shareholders if they differ) are in agreement that the company should close, the company should complete the form DS01 and send it to Companies House. The DS01 is a statement to confirm that it meets the requirements set out in Sections 1004 and 1005 of the Companies Act 2006
The company may not make an application for voluntary strike off if, at any time in the last 3 months, it has:
Once the form has been received at Companies House, a copy will appear on the Public Record. Companies House will then publish the first ‘Notice’ in the Gazette, confirming the limited company’s intention to close. This provides third parties (e.g. the Inland Revenue) notice and gives them a period of 100 days to object (if relevant). If Companies House have not received an objection to the Striking Off request within 100 days, a second ‘Notice’ will be posted, confirming the company has been dissolved. If the company has not traded during its lifetime, it is unlikely to receive an objection from a third party.
f you wish to retract the request to close the company during the 100-day period, the company may file the form DS02 at Companies House. The company may then carry on as normal (e.g. dormant or trading).
If your company has traded at any time from incorporation, we recommend that you seek advice from your accountant. The DS01 procedure is not an alternative to formal insolvency proceedings where these are appropriate. Even if the company is struck off and dissolved, creditors and others could apply for the company to be restored to the register.