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 was speculation that the Government was thinking of enabling small legal ceremonies after Monday 1 June, there has been no further clarification on what this might look like, and no commencement date has been given.
When we do resume ceremonies during the initial reintroduction period, all West Sussex County Council ceremony rooms will 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. We are still waiting for this advice.
We have however been permitted to take notices and are resuming these from Monday 15 June. We will book notice appointments for currently booked ceremonies, in date priority.
New bookings from January 2021 are being taken. However, we will not be able to take any new bookings in 2020 until we have ensured we have been able to book notices for the pre-booked ceremonies, and we know when weddings can resume.
If you wish to postpone or cancel your booking please contact us. We do not charge for like-for-like postponements.
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 the Government guidance issued on Sunday 31 May, we are currently preparing our offices to be able to offer birth registration appointments, whilst maintaining social distancing.
Further updates on when we can recommence will be posted in due course.
The West Sussex Record Office is now closed for foreseeable future.