Guidance

Apply for a waiver letter (WA1)

How to apply for a waiver letter when you are restoring a company using administrative restoration.

Overview

If you are applying for the administrative restoration of a dissolved company, the law says that you must obtain the Crown representative’s written consent. This consent is known as a waiver letter.

Apply for a waiver letter from the Treasury Solicitor

You should apply to the Treasury Solicitor when your company owned any kind of property in England or Wales, and its last registered office was not in Cornwall, Lancashire, Merseyside or parts of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria, known as the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster.

If your company’s last registered office was in one of these areas, you may need to apply to Farrer and Co. Before you complete any application form for a waiver letter you should carefully check whether the last registered office address was within the areas covered by Farrer and Co.

If your company owned any kind of property in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will require a waiver letter from the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, Scotland or from the Crown Solicitor’s Office, Northern Ireland.

To apply to the Treasury Solicitor complete application form BVC14:

Application for a waiver letter (BVC14)

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Send the application form to:

Treasury Solicitor's Department

Bona Vacantia Division (BVD)
PO Box 70165
London
WC1A 9HG

Pay the £64 application costs (no VAT will be charged).

Payment should be made by BACS (including internet banking) or CHAPS. Please use the dissolved company’s name (or as much of the name that you can fit in) as the reference.

Account No. 12269775
Sort Code 08-33-00
Account Name GBS Re Crowns Nominee
Swift Code CITIGB2LXXX
IBAN GB76CITI08330012269775
Bank Address Citibank, Government Banking Service, Citigroup Centre, 33 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LB
Reference [the dissolved company’s name]

Cheques are no longer accepted.

If the Treasury Solicitor has not dealt with any assets of the company no further costs will usually be payable.

If the Treasury Solicitor has dealt with any assets of the company you should pay his full costs of dealing with those assets before the Treasury Solicitor will issue a waiver letter. He will provide you with a schedule of these costs.

Issuing a waiver letter

The Treasury Solicitor will not issue a waiver letter if one or more of the following applies:

  • incomplete or missing application form
  • incorrect amount paid
  • additional costs not paid

The Treasury Solicitor will issue a waiver letter when:

  • the application form is complete
  • payment has been received
  • there are no outstanding costs

The waiver letter will be issued to the address or fax number provided on your form.

The Treasury Solicitor will not send the waiver letter to Companies House for you.

Applications usually take up to five working days to process. You don’t need to contact the Treasury Solicitor unless this time period has expired.

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