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Deaths

By law, all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered no later than five days from when the death occurred (except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner).

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

How to register a death?

You will need to fill in a death registration form. These are available to download, from funeral directors and from the Registration office.

Information you will need:

  • full name, surname and address of the deceased
  • date and place of death (and birth)
  • marital status
  • occupation of the deceased
  • the full name and occupation of the spouse or partner (if the deceased was married, in a civil partnership or widowed)
  • maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who was married)
  • the full names and occupation of the father, or where the parents are not married, the full name and occupation of the mother (if the deceased was a child)
  • the name and practice address of the deceased's doctor.

You will also need a medical certificate, signed by a doctor, which shows the cause of death. If the death was sudden or the doctor treating the deceased is unavailable, it may be referred to the Coroner.

If accurately known, at the time of registration, we can also record the deceased's parents' names and occupations.

The NI Direct website has comprehensive information about what to do if a death is referred to the Coroner or if someone dies abroad.

Who can register?

  • any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details needed to register
  • a person present at the death
  • a person taking care of the funeral arrangements
  • the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate
  • the governor, matron or chief officer of a public building where the death occurred
  • a person living in and responsible for a house, lodgings or apartments where the death occurred
  • a person finding, or taking charge of, the body.

What will I receive?

Once the death is registered, you will receive:

  • a GRO 21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place.
  • Form 36 (certificate of registration of death) for social security purposes if the deceased received a state pension or benefits.
  • certificates, which may be needed when sorting out the deceased's affairs, may be purchased at the time of registration for £8 per copy. You can pay by credit or debit card, cheque or cash.

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