Company restoration—administrative restoration
Company restoration—administrative restoration

The following Corporate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Company restoration—administrative restoration
  • Why restore a company to the register?
  • What is administrative restoration?
  • When can an application be made?
  • Conditions
  • Crown consent
  • How to apply for administrative restoration
  • Registrar’s decision
  • Effect of the restoration
  • Company name

Why restore a company to the register?

When a company has been struck off, it may be possible to make an application to the Registrar of Companies to restore that company to the register using the administrative restoration procedure.

Common reasons for restoring a company to the register using the administrative restoration procedure include:

  1. that the company was still carrying on business or was in operation at the time that the Registrar struck off the company, and

  2. the company still owned property when it was struck off and dissolved, which has now vested as bona vacantia

What is administrative restoration?

The administrative restoration procedure was introduced by the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) as a simpler way to restore a company that has been struck off pursuant to the powers of the Registrar of Companies to the register, without the need to go to court. The procedure can only be used when certain conditions are met (see Conditions below). It came into force on 1 October 2009.

If the conditions for administrative restoration are not met, it may still be possible for the company to be restored by court order. For further information, see Practice Note: Company restoration—restoration by court order.

An application for administrative restoration cannot be made in respect of companies that have been voluntarily struck off