Marriages and Civil Partnerships
The current Government advice remains that all weddings, civil partnership formations and appointments to give notice are currently unable to take place. Although there has been speculation the Government is thinking of enabling small legal ceremonies after Monday 1 June, there has been no further clarification on what this might look like.
We have therefore decided to plan to allow weddings and notice appointments from Monday 15 June, hoping that we will have clarity and these will be able to go ahead. This is dependent on Government guidance and cannot be guaranteed at this stage.
West Sussex County Council ceremony rooms will, during the initial reintroduction period following Monday 15 June, only be able to accommodate the legal minimum number of persons for statutory ceremonies, in order to keep everyone safe. This means the couple, their two witnesses and the two registrars.
Licensed venues may be able to accommodate more depending on Government advice, which might vary according to the venue.
If you wish to postpone or cancel your booking please contact us. We do not charge for like-for-like postponements.
New bookings from January 2021 are being taken. However, we will not be able to take any 2020 bookings until we return to our offices and can take safely take notices of intent, and have ensured we prioritise the legalities for currently booked ceremonies.
New Citizens – Citizenship Ceremony
If you have a letter from the Home Office advising you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony, you have a six-month window to attend from the date on your invitation letter. This has been extended from the standard three months.
All West Sussex Libraries are now closed until further notice. However, our teams are working hard to ensure you can still access the service online.
View our current offer to read books, magazines and newspapers digitally, listen to audiobooks and learn from home. We are also working on filming some of our regular library activities, such as Toddler Rhyme Time, for you to use.Library FAQs
Registration offices are currently closed in Midhurst, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, Littlehampton and Storrington.
Registering a death:
All registration appointments will be conducted by telephone with immediate effect. Please book your appointment as normal, but do not attend the Registration Office.
Whilst we will do our best to contact you during the allotted half hour, this may not be possible, so please bear with us and you will get a call that day.
If the doctor has already handed you the Medical Cause of Death Certificate, please drop it in to one of the following registration offices, as soon as possible: Crawley, Chichester, Haywards Heath or Worthing. This must be done before the time of your appointment.COVID-19: Information for the bereaved (GOV.UK) (external link)
Registering a birth:
Following Government guidance, we are currently unable to offer birth registration appointments. Further updates will be posted on our website.
Parents can now make a claim for child benefit or universal credit, prior to the birth being registered. Until we are able to reinstate birth registration, we understand that you will not be able to register within the normal 42 days.
The West Sussex Record Office is now closed for foreseeable future.