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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

In line with Government advice, we are now permitted to undertake Birth Registrations.  Due to the restrictions that have been in place since 23rd March 2020, we have a backlog of births to register, and we are working through this backlog as quickly as possible.  You can now book an appointment online to attend to register the birth if your baby was born on or before 31st May.  Please keep checking our website, as we will change these dates regularly.

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.  Please click here to make an appointment.

 

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

In line with Government advice we are now permitted to undertake Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointments.

Due to the restrictions that have been in place since 23rd March 2020 we will be contacting couples in priority order to arrange an appointment in order to ensure their Notices are in place prior to their ceremony date.

We will be working to arrange appointments as quickly as possible.

 

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.

Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

The government announcement (23 June 2020) stated that marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can resume from Saturday 4 July 2020. The government has indicated that up to 30 people may be permitted in the ceremony room subject to:

The venue and the room being available for use and suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room is compliant with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions. We are however happy to continue to take any new bookings for Ceremonies taking place from January 2021 onwards. There may be a delay in confirming these as we work through our current backlog.

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

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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