Company strike off, dissolution and restoration

Information for directors, secretaries or company advisers about how to dissolve a company or restore a company to the register.



This guide will be relevant to you if you’re a company officer or company adviser and you want to dissolve or restore a company. It includes information on:

  • why a company may apply to be struck off
  • when a company cannot apply to be struck off
  • how to apply and who to tell
  • how strike off and restoration notices are published in the Gazette
  • withdrawing a strike off application
  • objecting to a company’s dissolution
  • offences and penalties
  • what happens to companies no longer in operation
  • how to restore a company to the register by a court order or administrative restoration
Published 31 October 2014
Last updated 7 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Update to guidance
  2. Guidance updated.
  3. Section 10.3 contact address details updated.
  4. Welsh HTML added
  5. Guidance converted to HTML
  6. Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016 came into force. This guidance has been amended in Chapter 3 to include these new regulations.
  7. Guidance updated as a result of The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act.
  8. Section 10.1 corrected: 3 months to 2
  9. OLTR address updated and striking off periods updated to 2 months due to SBEE act implementation.
  10. Welsh translation added
  11. English HTML guidance added
  12. Guidance updated to version 3.8.
  13. Version 3.6 replaced with version 3.7
  14. Guidance updated from version 3.5 to version 3.6
  15. Welsh translation added.
  16. First published.