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Coronavirus update

Last updated: Friday 3 July

Restrictions have changed in relation to marriages and civil partnerships taking place.

Civil partnerships can:

  • take place indoors with six people in attendance. This includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant.  Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • take place in the person’s home, in a hospital or at a registration office, if one of the parties is terminally ill with six people in attendance. This includes the couple, two witnesses and the Registrar or Humanist Celebrant. Social distancing rules must be observed. 
  • take place outdoors with 30 people in attendance, including the couple, two witnesses and the Registrar and Humanist Celebrant, in attendance as long the location has been licensed by the council as an approved place. Social distancing rules must be observed.

If you are planning a civil partnership, please contact the Registration Office on 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk with your contact details to discuss.

Civil partnerships at Belfast City Hall

A civil partnership can take place outdoors at the east entrance or gardens at City Hall with a maximum of 30 people observing social distancing rules.

Please get in contact if you have booked a ceremony with us and you would like to consider this option.

Please visit nidirect's website for more guidance on civil partnership restrictions

Civil partnership notices

We can only accept new applications for humanist civil partnership notices by post. 

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

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 a non-EEA citizen, please read nidirect'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.

More guidance

Please visit nidirect for more guidance on civil partnerships

Civil partnership 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


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