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Registration: Advice on Covid - 19

Death Appointments

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation no face to face death registration appointments are being offered in our offices. All deaths will now be registered via a telephone appointment. When booking an appointment, please ensure you are in a position to take a phone call that is likely to last approximately 45 minutes.

To make an appointment, please click here.  Alternatively please contact 01452 425060 to book an appointment and ensure you confirm the most appropriate contact number. If you have not been advised that a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been emailed to Registration please do not book an appointment. We are unable to Register a Death without this.

Births
We are currently unable to undertake any Birth Registrations in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 23rd March 2020.
Birth registration appointments will now be deferred until we are through the current pandemic period. A claim for child benefit or universal credit can be made prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to do so because of the measures currently in place.
If your baby isn’t registered with a GP but needs to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from any GP surgery. Most GP surgeries will be able to register your baby as a patient online or over the phone.

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership
We are currently unable to offer appointments for Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership.

Re-registration of Birth following a Marriage or Civil Partnership
For the time being, we are unable to offer appointments to re-register a birth following marriage or civil partnership of natural parents or to add the father’s details if they were not included in the original registration.  Please see GOV.UK for more information about re-registration.

Correcting an error in a Registration
For the time being, we are unable to consider applications to correct an error in a register entry unless a correction is imperative.  Please see our website for further detail.

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies in line with the Prime Minister’s latest announcement on the 28th May 2020 and as described in the Government’s Coronavirus outbreak FAQs. We will update the website to reflect any further information as we receive it. We will not be able to undertake ceremonies until we have received further details that relate to the lifting of the restrictions on Civil Marriage and Partnership Ceremonies and in particular the Notice of Marriage, therefore we will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

 

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

 

Please continue to review this page for further updates and confirmation for when we can resume new ceremony bookings and amendments.

Register a building for worship and marriage

Place of worship

The person who acts as 'minister', 'proprietor' or 'trustee' at the place of worship will need to send the following to

Admin Team
Gloucestershire Registration Service,
St George's Road,
Cheltenham, GL50 3EW:

  • two completed copies of Certifying a place of meeting for religious worship: form 76 (these should be identical and originals)
  • a sketch of the floor plan identifying which rooms will be used for worship
  • an average weekly timetable of how the building will be used to satisfy the Registrar General that the building is primarily used for religious worship
  • a cheque or postal order made payable to 'Gloucestershire County Council', covering the statutory fee of £28.

Please note: This excludes churches or chapels of the Church of England, unless it shares a church building with another religious denomination.

Registration for marriage

If you decide you would like your place of worship to become a building where marriages can take place:

  • two copies of Registration of a place of religious worship for the solemnisation of marriages: form 78 need to be completed and returned to the address above
  • each form 7 must be signed by 20 separate householders who regard the building as their usual place of worship
  • the forms must be countersigned by a trustee or proprietor of the building.
  • include a cheque or postal order made payable to 'Gloucestershire County Council' for the statutory fee of £120

If you want the building be certified as a place of worship and registered for marriage at the same time, forms 76 and 78 can be submitted together, along with the relevant fees and other requested information

Please note: the forms for registration of the building for worship must be dated before those for marriage

What happens to your application

Once we receive the information, we send it to the General Register Office (GRO) for authorisation. When the GRO certify a building for worship, it will be recorded in the list of places of meeting for religious worship maintained at the General Register and one of the forms 76 will be returned to you.

When GRO register a building for marriage, Gloucestershire Registration Service is required to send a certificate of the registration to the proprietor or trustee who countersigned the householders' certificates. Public notice of the registration must be advertised in a local newspaper and in the London Gazette.

If a place of worship is no longer in use

If the congregation stops using the building, there is a legal obligation to let the Registrar General know.

You will need to complete Notice of disuse: form 77. It can be signed by any person who can represent the congregation.

If the building is demolished and re-built on the same foundations within a year and will be used by the same congregation, the certification and registration will not be affected.

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