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When a society is no longer operating

If the society has no assets or liabilities, an officer of the society can send the Registrar written advice that the society is no longer carrying on its operations and request that it be dissolved and removed from the register.

Prior to a society sending the Registrar a request to be dissolved it should deal with any outstanding assets and/or liabilities in the manner specified by the society’s rules.

Read section 28 of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 for more information.


How do you apply to dissolve a society?

The society may apply to be dissolved by sending the Registrar confirmation that:

  • the society is no longer carrying on its operations
  • the society has no assets.
  • the society has no liabilities (debts)
  • a resolution has been passed to apply to the Registrar for the society to be dissolved.

Download Form IS5 | Request to dissolve an incorporated society [PDF 62KB]


How is the application processed?

  • The application will be reviewed to ensure all requirements are met.
  • The application and dissolution are processed on the same day.
  • The applicant will be notified by letter of the outcome of the request.
  • The Registrar will give public notice of all dissolved societies monthly in the New Zealand Gazette.


Last updated 29 September 2015