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Civil partnerships

  • Coronavirus update

    Government restrictions are in place for marriages and civil partnership ceremonies.

    Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies at City Hall are currently limited to 25 people.

    From Friday 27 November, no marriage or civil partnership can take place at any venue that is licensed to sell alcohol, provides accommodation or is currently prevented from opening under the current restrictions.  

    Venues prevented from opening include hotels, restaurants, cafes, social clubs, bed and breakfast establishments, theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries, visitor and other cultural attractions and outdoor visitor attractions.

    Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies can continue to be held at registration offices and places of worship and are limited to 25 people.

    The following restrictions that are currently in place will continue to apply:

    • No mixing of households is allowed at a private dwelling, therefore it will not be possible for a ceremony to be held indoors as the registrar or officiant would not be allowed to enter the premises.
    • Outdoor gatherings at a private dwelling (including the garden of the dwelling) is restricted to six people from two different households. Children aged 12 and under from those two households are discounted from this total.  If all other participants at the ceremony are not from the same or linked household, the ceremony cannot proceed as the registrar or officiant can be the only person from a separate household.  
    • Marriages and civil partnerships can take place in a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to 10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).

    Please call us on 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk with your contact details to discuss your marriage or civil partnership arrangements further.

    Visit nidirect for more information on civil partnership restrictions.

    Civil partnership notices

    Please contact the Registration Office on 028 9027 0455 if you want to give notice for a civil partnership.

  • Notice period

    If you plan to celebrate your civil partnership in Belfast, it is important that you read all of the information. 

    You must give at least 28 days’ notice to register a civil partnership. If you don't give it in time, you may need to postpone your civil partnership. You can give notice up to a year before the date of your civil partnership. We recommend a period of 10 to 12 weeks’ notice.

    Please contact the Registration Office on 028 9027 0455 to discuss the options.

  • Documents needed to form a civil partnership

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

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

    Essential documents

    You and your partner should provide the following documents when you return 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.
  • Fees

    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
  • Convert civil partnership to marriage

    New legislation comes into effect on 7 December 2020, enabling couples to convert their same sex civil partnership formed in Northern Ireland to a marriage, or opposite sex marriage formed in Northern Ireland to a civil partnership.

    You can make an appointment to have your conversion at City Hall. Appointments are available from Monday to Thursday at 3.30pm.  

    Once you have completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation email with further information about your appointment. If you don’t receive this, please check your junk or spam mail folder. 

    If you have any issues booking online, please call us on 028 9027 0290.

    Conversions don’t have to take place in the original district where the civil partnership or marriage took place.

    You will need to complete an application form beforehand and will receive information on how to complete and send the form when you book your appointment.

    The application forms can be downloaded from the nidirect website:

    Please check that you have a copy of your civil partnership certificate or marriage certificate. You will require this for the conversion along with other documentation. Call the General Register Office on 030 0200 7890 or visit nidirect’s website (link opens in new window) to get a copy of your certificate.

    You have one year to sign the conversion declaration once the registrars enter your paperwork on to the system. You might like to consider this if you want a ceremony and can contact the Registration Office on 028 90 270 455 to arrange a date and time for this. Ceremony fees will apply. 

    Further information on converting a civil partnership to marriage and marriage to civil partnership can be found on the nidrect website (link opens in new window).

  • More information

    Please visit nidirect for more guidance on civil partnerships

Registration office

registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9027 0455

Belfast City Hall, Belfast, BT1 5GS

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