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Last updated April 27th 2021.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has introduced the below measures for the Registration Service as part of its response to COVID-19:

Death Registration

Legislation came into force which allows death registrations to be carried out without the attendance of an informant at the registration office which reduces/removes face to face contact with the general public.  The legislation relates to the registration of all deaths and will continue in this method until further notice. 

Birth Registration

Council’s Birth Registration Service operates strictly by appointment.  A risk assessment is in place which is kept under review in line with government restrictions.  It is a legislative requirement for parents to register a birth within 42 days. 

We would request that parents scan and email or email a picture of the GRO4 form (see below link) or post to the relevant registration office. 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/birth-registration-form   

On receipt of the form a Registrar will make contact to arrange an appointment. 

 

Marriage/Civil Partnership Ceremony Restrictions (Updated April 27th, 2021)

Please be aware that your marriage/civil partnership ceremony must be conducted under the current NI Executive restrictions. 

Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment carried out by the venue. 

Face masks must be worn by all except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership.  Current guidance states that children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a face mask.

No mixing of households is permitted at a private dwelling therefore it will not be possible for a ceremony to be held indoors as the registrar/officiant is not permitted to enter the premises.

Outdoor gathering in a private gardens is restricted to 10 people from two different households. If all other participants at the ceremony are not from the same household the ceremony cannot proceed as the registrar/officiant can be the only person from a separate household. 

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).

A religious/belief officiant can carry out a marriage ceremony at any location in Northern Ireland, it does not have to be an approved venue.  It is the responsibility of the religious/belief officiant to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. 

 

Marriage and Civil Partnerships from 30th April 2021

Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment carried out by the venue. 

Face masks must be worn by all except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership.  Current guidance states that children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a face mask.

No mixing of households is permitted at a private dwelling therefore it will not be possible for a ceremony to be held indoors as the registrar/officiant is not permitted to enter the premises.

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).

Outdoor gatherings in a private garden will be restricted to 15 people (including children) from 3 different households.   If all other participants at the ceremony are from two households the ceremony can proceed with the registrar/officiant being the person from the third household. 

A religious/belief officiant can carry out a marriage ceremony at any location in Northern Ireland, it does not have to be an approved venue.  It is the responsibility of the religious/belief officiant to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. 

 

Currently you can only give notice for your marriage or civil partnership by post. Please send your original completed marriage or civil partnership notice forms to the relevant office, along with actual full birth certificates and photocopies of your passports. For religious and belief marriages you can send a cheque for £44.00 (£22.00 per notice) made payable to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, or we can contact you for payment by telephone.  After the marriage ceremony takes place, please return schedule by post or leave in secure post box at the relevant office location.  Staff will register and post out your marriage certificate. 

Latest Government Restrictions:

Click here for the most up to date information.

 


Queries

If you have a query about Council's Registration services at this time please email registration@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Alternatively, please telephone your local office:

Ballycastle: 028 2076 1657

Ballymoney: 028 2766 0206

Coleraine: 028 7034 7034 / 7020 / 7021

Limavady: 028 7776 0309