Give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Legal Notice of Marriage and Civil Partnership is now OPEN - Please book an appointment to give notice or call us 020 8937 1010 for more details.

Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies are OPEN from the following phased dates:
21 June 2021 - Room capacity (in accordance to government guidance and our risk assessment for our spaces)
Ceremony suite 45 including partner 1 and 2, excluding Photographer and Videographer
Garden 30 seated and 15 standing.

 

Before you can marry or join in civil partnership in a register office, approved premises, church or chapel in England or Wales (other than a Church of England where you may have banns called), you must give notice of your intention.

A Notice of Marriage or Notice of Civil Partnership is a legal document showing the two people getting married or registering a civil partnership and the venue where their ceremony will take place.

To give notice, you will need to make an appointment to have a face-to-face interview with our Registration team where you will need to state:

  • Full name
  • your partner's full name
  • Where the marriage or civil partnership will take place
  • date of birth for both parties
  • profession(s)
  • address(s)
  • name and occupation of your parents or step-parents.

You must give the notice in the local authority for the area you have lived for at least the last 8 days. If you and your partner live in different areas, you will each need to give notice in your own registration district. 

If either of you are not UK or European nationals, you must both give notice together. If you wish to give notice at the Brent Register Office, either both or one of you must be a Brent resident.

Make an appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Please read below instructions before making an appointment.


When and where to give your Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership

  • Legal notice can be given up to 12 months prior to the ceremony, or as a minimum 29 days before the ceremony, we recommend that you do not book your legal notice appointment as late as 29 days before the ceremony due to availability of appointments. 
  • notice must be given in the local authority for the area you have lived for at least the last eight days.
  • We recommend you book your notice appointment at least 3 months before your ceremony.

Non-European Nationals:

If both or one of you is from outside the UK, the following apply:

  • you may have your notice period extended to 71 days by the Home Office if you are subject to immigration control. You are advised not to plan your ceremony date until the 71 days have expired.
  • If one or both of the couple is a foreign national the notice of intent can be given in any designated register office.  Notice will have to be given together and either both or one of you must be a Brent resident.
  • If you are marrying in the Church of England and you are subject to immigration control you will now need to give legal notice of intent in a register office where either bride and groom has lived 8 days prior to the appointment. 

Marrying in a religious building

  • If you are marrying in a religious building outside of the district where you live, it must be your usual place of worship.
  • You don’t have to give notice if you’re getting married in the Church of England, unless one or both of you are foreign nationals subject to immigration control.
  • We advise obtaining a letter from the religious person stating that you have attended regular worship at the religious building and have organized a ceremony date.

When you give notice you’ll need to bring

When you attend your appointment to give notice of intention, you must each bring the following documents with you:

  • a current valid passport and one of the following proof of address:
    - valid UK driving license
    - a utility bill dated within 3 months
    - bank statements dated within 1 month
    - current council tax bill
    - letter from the landlord or home owner 
  • statutory notice fee of £35 each. However, if one or both parties is a not a relevant national and subject to immigration control the fee will be £47 for each notice.
  • An interpreter who can speak and read both English and your language fluently if either of you can’t understand or speak English (you can’t interpret for each other).

All documents have to be originals issued in England or Wales (copies will not be accepted).

Person with EUSS settled statusEUSS pre-settled statuspending application to the EUSS

In addition to the above documents, you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of EUSS status. You can access your documents and proof on GOV.UK
  • EUSS applications submitted by 30 June 2021 to the Home Office will require evidence in the form of a “Certificate of Application” which can be accessed via GOV.UK.

Non-European Nationals

If both or one of you is from outside the UK, you will need to bring the following documents:

  • a current valid passport, travel document and one of the following proof of address:
    - proof of residency
    - a utility bill dated within 3 months
    - valid UK driving license
    - bank statements dated within 1 month
    - current council tax bill, or a letter from the landlord or home owner
  • current visa or biometric residency card if you have these for proof of legal stay
  • if one or both parties are not on a marriage/fiancé/ joining partner visa and subject to the immigration control you will need to supply 1 passport sized picture each.

If you have changed your name, you will also need:

  • evidence of the change of name by deed poll or statutory declaration.

If you have been married or joined in civil partnership before, you will also need to give proof of the marriage or civil partnership ending legally:

  • If divorced in the UK this will be a County Court Judgment or a High Court Judgment of the Family Division.
  • If divorced abroad, the original court papers with an English translation.
  • If widowed, or surviving civil partner - evidence of the marriage and death. Please be aware there are additional charges (£50/£75) to clear foreign divorce documents.

If you are under 18:

  • you need permission from your parents or guardians to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales.

Please contact us on 020 8937 1010 for more details as the requirements will vary according to your circumstances.


Fees

ServiceFees
Book an appointment to give notice at Brent Register Office  £35 for each person
Book an appointment to give notice at Brent Register Office (If you are referred for immigration purposes) £47 for each person
The statutory fee is taken at the time of booking your appointment.

 

Abuse of immigration laws

We are working with the UK Border Agency to identify marriages and civil partnerships which seek to abuse UK immigration laws.

Anybody found to be arranging, facilitating or entering into a marriage or civil partnership solely to gain permission to stay in the UK risks arrest or prosecution. Foreign nationals may also face deportation and be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 14 years.