Disruption to registrar services and appointments

We made some changes to our registrar service in March, in line with government advice about reducing all public contact. The Register Office in the Town Hall has since re-opened on 13 July, for birth registration appointments only, with safety measures and social distancing in place.

We've been contacting customers who need to register a death, as this service is only available over the phone for the time being.

It's really important that you read the information on the relevant tabs on this page. These will tell you about the changes we've made to all registrar services including births, deaths and marriages.

We're currently working through the process to be able to offer more services again very soon. We want to make sure that when services start again both the public and our staff are safe during this time.

We'll update this webpage as further information becomes available.

Death registrations

Due to advice from the government about reducing public contact we've suspended all face to face appointments to register a death at the Register Office. 

We'll now be registering deaths by telephone appointments and you won't need to phone us to arrange this. We'll be informed by the hospital or GP about the death and they'll send us a copy of the medical certificate. We'll then call you to make the appointment and explain what happens next. 

After your appointment, you'll be able to order and pay for the death certificates, either online or over the phone. We'll post them out to you within five days of receiving your order. 

We've temporarily removed our online form due to these changes.

Weddings and civil partnerships

The government allowed small weddings and civil partnership ceremonies to take place from 4 July 2020 onwards. There are restrictions in place, including a limit on the number of people who can attend the ceremony, and social distancing measures will apply.

NEW: From Monday 28 September weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be limited to a maximum number of 15 people including the couple. It does not include the registrars, photographer or anyone working at the venue.

The reduction in numbers won't affect any wedding and civil partnership ceremonies booked in the Town Hall, as the venue only has the capacity to take 16 people safely. This maximum number includes the couple, guests, registrars and photographer.  

It does affect wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, and receptions, that are booked in approved premises. Our registrars' service is contacting people who have ceremonies booked in approved premises between now and the end of March 2021.

If you're considering going ahead with your ceremony it's important to read the government guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships, this explains all of the restrictions and measures. 

If your ceremony is due to take place before 30 September we'll already have contacted you to discuss your options. This could include rearranging to a later date, if that's what you would prefer. Our registrar service can also advise you about the new guidance, to help you to make a decision about whether you want your wedding to go ahead. 

If your ceremony is in approved premises, such as a hotel or museum, you'll also need to contact the venue. They may need to make some changes to your ceremony, due to this latest guidance.

We still won't be accepting any new ceremony bookings to take place before 1 October 2020, either online or over the phone.

You'll still be able to use our online form to book a ceremony from 1 October onwards, but this may be subject to change following government advice about COVID-19.

Notice of marriage

In March we suspended our appointments for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership until further notice, in line with government guidance about reducing contact with the public.

If your ceremony is due to take place up to 30 September this year, and you haven't already given notice of marriage, we'll contact you to arrange an appointment. 

Notice of Marriage appointments are now open for anyone who has booked a ceremony within the next 12 months.

Birth registrations

We suspended birth registrations in March, in line with government advice about stopping face-to-face appointments.

The Registration Office in the Town Hall opened on Monday 13 July for birth registrations only. There are some restrictions in place to enable us to work as quickly and safely as possible. You can read more about these on our birth registration page, where you'll also be able to book using our online form, it's the quickest way to make an appointment . You won't be able to register a birth at one of our other offices for the time being.

Due to demand for appointments, we're currently only registering babies born up to 31 July. 

If your baby was born after 31 July, you won't be able to book an appointment yet. Please revisit this page, or follow us on social media for further information about when we'll be releasing more appointments for babies born from 1 August onwards.

Please read the information on our birth registration page including the restrictions and guidance in place, you'll also find the link to our online form here.

You can still claim Child Benefit if you've not been able to register the birth of your child.

Birth re-registrations

All birth re-registrations have been suspended until further notice. Please don't call us or try to book online, as we won't be able to arrange an appointment for you.  

Still birth registrations

You can register the birth of a still-born baby over the phone. We'll usually be notified by Barnsley Hospital and will contact you to arrange a telephone appointment. Please contact us if we haven't called you to arrange a time to register your still-born baby. 

Copy certificates

Our usual copy certificate service has been suspended until further notice.

We’ll only produce a copy certificate in exceptional circumstances, please contact us for further advice if this applies to you.

You can order a copy certificate from the General Register Office if you registered over 6 months ago.

Citizenship ceremonies

We're cancelling all citizenship ceremonies until further notice. 

The Home Office notify us of any new arrivals into the UK who have successfully applied for British Citizenship. We'll contact you to arrange a visit to the Register Office, but can't offer a full ceremony at this time.