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Civil partnerships

  • Arranging your day

    We can help you organise your special day. If you plan to have your civil partnership in Belfast, it is important that you read all of the information on this page. 

    Please fill out our marriage and civil partnership enquiry form if you would like to speak to us about your arrangements.

  • Notice period

    If you plan to form your civil partnership in Belfast, it is important that you read this information. 

    You must give at least 28 days’ notice to register a civil partnership. If you don't give notice 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.

    How do I give notice‚Äč?

    • The best way is to make an appointment (link opens in new window) and we will see you in person.
    • You can also post your original completed civil partnership notice forms along with relevant documents, to: Registration, Belfast City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS. Make sure you have the correct postage for your documents, or we may not receive them.
    • You can place them in the drop-off box at reception in City Hall.

    Please don’t post your original passport and birth certificate as we can accept photocopies. However, we will need to see the originals before your ceremony takes place. Call us on 028 9027 0455 to discuss and make your payment. You can also send a cheque, made payable to Belfast City Council. 

    Book an appointment

  • 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. (link opens in new window)

    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.

    Presenting your original documents

    You will need an appointment to present your original documents and wedding day information form before your ceremony. There will be an opportunity to talk with one of the registrars and ask any questions about your day.

    Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 11am - 12.20pm, at City Hall. Please select the ‘short appointments’ option on the form and then 'civil ceremony final appointment' from the list when booking.

    Book an appointment

    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 mail folder.

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

    If you are unable to come into City Hall, you can still present the documents on the day of your ceremony.

  • 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 came 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, by calling the Registration Office on 028 9027 0455. Appointments are available from Monday to Thursday at 3.30pm. You need to submit your application form before your appointment.

    If you would prefer to have a ceremony to sign the conversion with family and friends attending, you can book this with the Registration Office by calling 028 9027 0455. The registrar will advise you on completing your application forms and documentation needed. Ceremony fees and room hire will apply.  

    Ceremonies will take place under the current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

    If you have completed your appointment booking online, 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.

    Application forms

    Please complete and send your application form to us before your appointment. We will then enter your information onto our system and submit this to the General Register Office (GRO) for authorisation. This is completed beforehand so you both can sign the declaration at your appointment.

    The application forms can be downloaded from the nidirect website:

    Send your completed application form, including photocopies of your marriage or civil partnership certificates and photocopies of photographic ID (preferably passports), to:
    Registration, 
    City Hall, 
    Belfast 
    BT1 5GS. 

    Please don’t post or drop off your original certificates or passports. You will need to bring the originals to your appointment.

    Ordering copies of civil partnership certificate

    You will need your civil partnership or marriage certificate for the conversion. If you need a copy of this, call the General Register Office on 030 0200 7890 or visit nidirect’s website (link opens in new window) to request a copy.

    Further information on converting a marriage to civil partnership and civil partnership to marriage can be found on the nidirect 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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