Changes to services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update as of 29th July
Birth Registrations - You may now book an appointment online to register your baby- although we have doubled the number of appointments offered but there is still a considerable wait for a slot while we work through the backlog so please bear with us. These will take place by prior appointment only at Loxley House, Station Street and you will be sent new guidelines to follow. The legal requirement to register your baby within 42 days is temporarily suspended.
Ceremonies - We have recommenced Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies. Ceremonies will be restricted to the legal minimum words and numbers of guests allowed at the ceremony are also reduced. With effect from 8th August 2020, all guests (unless exempt) must wear a face covering for all Civil and religious ceremonies in England. Brides, Grooms or Civil Partners do not need to wear them but may do if they choose to. We are able to take new bookings for 2021 although at this time we do not know if or when ceremonies will return to normal pre-COVID.
Notices of marriage or Civil Partnership - We are now booking notices appointments for couples who have their ceremonies booked within the next 4 months only. If your ceremony is in 2021 we request that you contact us around 2 months before your wedding date to book an appointment.
From 1st April 2020 registrations for deaths will move to a telephone basis. Your doctor or hospital will send the medical certificate to the registration service electronically, and we will contact you to make a telephone appointment, complete the registration and issue the green form for burial or cremation electronically. We will also supply you with a Tell Us Once reference number to enable you to access this service. After the registration is completed you will be advised to apply for Death certificates using our online ordering service and these will be posted to you.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your citizenship ceremony, wedding, civil partnership or registering a birth, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 0115 8415554
These changes will remain in place until Government restrictions are lifted.