Apply for a waiver letter (WA1)
- Bona Vacantia and Government Legal Department
- Part of:
- Bona vacantia companies guidelines and Business auditing, accounting and reporting
- First published:
- 6 December 2013
- Last updated:
- 18 January 2016, see all updates
- Applies to:
- England and Wales (see guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland)
How to apply for a waiver letter when you are restoring a company using administrative restoration.
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:
PDF, 172KB, 2 pages
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Send the application form to:
Bona Vacantia - Administrative Restoration
Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 70165
Switchboard 020 7210 4700
Please use this email address for all enquiries relating to the issuing of the Treasury Solicitor's consent to administrative restoration (waiver letter).
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 Name||Crowns Nominee|
|Bank Address||NatWest, Government Banking Service, CPB Services, London Corporate Service Centre, 2nd Floor, 280 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4RB|
|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 postal address, email 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 5 (five) working days to process. You don’t need to contact the Treasury Solicitor unless this time period has expired.
Published: 6 December 2013
Updated: 18 January 2016
- Change to bank details
- Amendment to turnaround target - 15 working days down to 5 working days
- Policy change - cheques no longer accepted; payment must be made by BACS or CHAPS
- First published.