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Civil partnerships

If you plan to celebrate your civil partnership in Belfast it is important that you read all of the information below carefully. You might also be interested in our answers to common queries about civil partnerships and if you need any further advice, please complete our enquiry form.

If you have decided to have your ceremony at the registrar’s office in the City Hall or at an approved venue, please contact our office for availability and advice. 

Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships office opening hours

Our office opening hours are:

 Days  Times  
Monday to Thursday  9.30am to 4.30pm  Last entrance to registration is 4.15pm
Friday 9.30am to 4pm Last entrance to registration is 3.45pm  
Saturday and Sunday  Closed 
Public and bank holidays  View holiday arrangements 

You may also make an appointment by calling 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

Notice period

You must give a minimum of 28 days notice to register a civil partnership. If you don't give 28 days notice, you may need to postpone your civil partnership. You can give notice up to a year before the date of your civil partnership.

Documents needed to form a civil partnership

Before you can form a civil partnership in Belfast, you and your partner need to complete a civil partnership notice form and produce certain documents which are listed below.

If you're giving civil partnership notice, you need to make an appointment with us. Please call us on 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

If you're a non-EEA citizen, please readNI Direct's information on registering civil partnerships in Northern Ireland.

Essential documents

These should be provided by both you and your partner when returning your civil partnership notice forms:

  • your full (long version) birth certificate 
  • your passport or national identity card - the Registrar can advise on alternatives if you do not hold either of these
  • a consent form (if you aged 16 or 17) - these are available from the registrar
  • if you have entered into a civil partnership before, a court order of dissolution for that partnership
  • if you have been married before and the marriage was dissolved, a certificate of divorce or annulment or a certified copy decree (decrees must be absolute or final)
  • If you have been married more than once, only the documents for your most recent marriage are required
  • if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.

Civil partnership fees

Price

Civil partnerships in registrar's office (Belfast City Hall)

£180 weekdays

£306 Saturdays

£360 bank holidays

Civil partnerships in approved venues

£213 weekdays

£280 Saturdays

£312 bank holidays

Civil partnerships in a venue of your choice

£213 weekdays

Plus £400 to apply for a temporary marriage licence

£280 Saturdays
£312 bank holidays

Legal requirements

Any two people, regardless of where they live, can register a civil partnership in Northern Ireland, provided that they are:

  • the same sex
  • aged 18 or above on the day of your ceremony (consent is needed if either of you is aged 16 or 17)
  • unrelated to one another in a way that would prevent you from forming a civil partnership
  • free to form a civil partnership, for example, neither of you is already a civil partner.

Contact us
Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
028 9027 0274
Registrar's office
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
BT1 5GS