Births, deaths and marriages

flowersOur Registrars Service is currently operating a reduced service. All existing non-priority appointments - birth registration, Citizenship ceremonies, Notice of Marriage and Notice of Civil Partnership - will be rescheduled and no new bookings will be taken at this time.

The online booking system is currently available only for death registrations. All death registrations will take place over the telephone, and you will need to book an appointment either online or by calling 01895 250418. The registrars will then call you at the appointment time. You must have received notification that the medical cause of death certificate has been electronically sent to us before making the appointment.

For more information see the register a death section on our website.

You can still order copy certificates over the phone and these will be posted to you. 

If you have an upcoming ceremony booking (marriage, civil partnership or citizenship), we will contact you.

For any citizenship concerns, please contact the Home Office by email at or by calling 0300 123 2253.

If you have any other registration/ceremony queries, please email or call 01895 558250.

Crematorium and cemeteries 

We continue to take bookings for cremations at Breakspear Crematorium and the grounds are open. However, the buildings and car park are closed except for those attending funerals. Dogs are not allowed.

All cemeteries remain open to the public. 

If you visit the crematorium or a cemetery, please:

  • restrict the number of people attending a funeral or graveside ceremony to a maximum of 10 close family and friends, and stay in your car until it is time to attend
  • always observe social distancing rules - stay at least two metres away from anyone who does not live in your household
  • follow instructions from officials, including security staff 
  • do not enter if an area is crowded
  • do not shake hands with anybody
  • ​​wash your hands for 20 seconds, if using our toilet facilities

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) you should not attend a funeral or graveside ceremony in person, as you pose a risk to others. Please stay at home and follow NHS advice. 

You may still attend a funeral or graveside ceremony if you are:

  • self-isolating for 14 days due to someone in your household being unwell with symptoms of coronavirus but are not symptomatic yourself, providing your funeral director takes measures to minimise the risk
  • in a clinically vulnerable or shielded group, providing your funeral director takes measures to minimise the risk
Page last updated: 24 Apr 2020