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Last updated Friday 29 May 2020

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

The Registration offices will be closed to visitors from 27 March. We appreciate your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Please telephone or email the relevant registration office if you need to register a death.

Death Registration

Legislation has come into force that allows death registrations to be carried out without the attendance of an informant at the registration office.  This will reduce/remove face to face contact with the general public and enable the registration service to be sustained as long as possible.  The legislation relates to the registration of all deaths.

Please see the below temporary revised opening hours from Monday 30 March and contact information for each of the four offices which may be udated if there are any changes.

Ballycastle:  Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle BT54 6QH - Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm

Tel 028 2076 1657


Ballymoney:  Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ - Open Monday to Friday10am to 2pm

Tel: 028 2766 0206


Coleraine:  Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY - Open Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm for cemetery administration

Tel: 028 7034 7034 / 7020 / 7021



Limavady:  7 Connell Street, Limavady, BT49 OHA - Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm

Tel: 028 7776 0309



OUT OF HOURS CONTACT NUMBER: 07714627171 – Janet McCaughey

Birth Registration

On foot of the Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of 23 March, Council has suspended the birth registration service from 24 March.  On 7 May it was decided that this suspension can stay in place until 29 May and the situation will be reviewed after that period. (see guidance to new mums document attached at bottom of this page) 

From 25 March a process is in place to ensure that parents can continue to register their child with their GP to access medical services without the HS123 form. Please see the following advice:                                                               

Parents can continue to register their child at a GP practice during the suspension of the birth registration process.  Parents should be advised that they will require the following information when they contact the GP practice:

  1. Child's Health & Care Number - located in your child's red book 
  2. Full name child is to be registered as
  3. Home Address child will be residing at

From 6 April, a process has been agreed with the Department for Communities to enable parents to claim child benefit without providing a birth certificate. Please see the following advice:

When claiming child benefit , the CHS1 form which is given to mother's by their midwives will be accepted as supporting evidence of the birth when fully completed in lieu of a birth certificate. Please be advised to retain a copy of the form as it will be required when birth registrations recommence.

Following the announcement by the NI Executive on 28 May, Council will resume the birth registration service from Monday 8th June strictly by appointment.  

We would request that parents scan and email the GRO4 form (see below link) if they can or post to the relevant registration office to enable us to input the information to our system in advance and make contact to arrange an appointment according to the date of birth.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

From 20 March 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 photocopies of your birth certificates and passports.  For religious marriages and civil marriages officiated by a humanist celebrant you can send a cheque for £52.00 (£22.00 per notice and £8.00 for the marriage certificate) made payable to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, or we can contact you for payment by telephone.  You will still be able to collect your schedule in person once ready.  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.  

From 23 March until further notice, we will not be able to facilitate weddings or civil partnership ceremonies in our civic buildings however this may change in the near future. 

25 March - Stormont ministers have confirmed that no weddings are to take place with immediate effect.  This includes weddings and civil partnerships in registrations offices and approved venues.

On 28 May the NI Executive announced that it may be possible from 8th June to have a small marriage or civil partnership outside with up to 10 people – this will be confirmed at their meeting on 4th June.   

A document is attached at the bottom of this page which outlines the current and expected position in relation to marriages and civil partnerships (Marriage in Northern Ireland - General Register Office - 28 May 2020)  

During the current COVID19 crisis it is intended that we use the patio area adjacent to the Bann Gallery in Cloonavin Headquarters Coleraine as an outside location for civil ceremonies.  The General Register Office have confirmed that this area can be considered an extension of the registration office during this crisis. 


Information booklets & leaflets are available at the Registration Reception. Forms are available to the Public for Name changes, Adoptions, Re-registrations, Marriage and Civil Partnership Application, Birth and Death registration.

Please find below forms which are on the NI Direct website and links to where they can be found:


Each office can only provide certificates for a Birth, Death, Marriage or Civil Partnership when you are registering the event.  You can order certificates for previously registered events in one of the following ways:

  • Online:
  • Telephone: 0300 200 7890
  • Post: Ask a member of staff for an application form
  • In Person: The General Register Office (GRO), Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast BT9 5RR

GRO holds records from 1845 for non-Roman Catholic marriages and 1 January 1864 onwards for all marriages, births and deaths.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Registration Offices are located in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady.

Office opening hours are:

Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (Ballycastle Office open morning only)

Bank and Public Holidays excepted.

An appointments system operates.

Contact Details -


Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle BT54 6QH

Tel 028 2076 2225 / 028 2076 1657




Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ

Tel: 028 2766 0200 / 028 2766 0206




Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY

Tel: 028 7034 7034 / 028 7034 7020 / 028 7034 7021





7 Connell Street, Limavady, BT49 OHA

Tel: 028 7772 2226 / 028 7776 0309 



Guidance to New Mums - General Register Office - 17 March 2020

Marriage in Northern Ireland - General Register Office - 28 May 2020