Disruption to registrar services and appointments

We've made some changes to our registrar service in line with government advice about reducing public contact. The Register Office in the Town Hall is open for certain appointments only, with safety measures and social distancing in place.

We're 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.

Attending an appointment at the Town Hall

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to allow for social distancing, you'll need to wait outside the Town Hall reception until you're called in for your appointment. The entrance is at the side of the building, next to the fountains. Please don't arrive too early, as we won't be able to let you inside the building. There's a strict one way system in place for your safety and to minimise any contact with other customers and staff. 

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 for booking an appointment due to these changes.

Weddings and civil partnerships

Following government advice, from Monday 12 April weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead with up to 15 attendees including the couple. This number may vary depending on whether the venue being able to accommodate all attendees with a two-metre distance. 

Read the government COVID-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

Notice of marriage or civil partnership

Notice of marriage and civil partnership appointments are available for anyone who has booked a ceremony within the next 12 months. 

You can book your online to give notice of marriage or civil partnership at Barnsley Town Hall Register Office. 

Notice of marriage expiry

Notice of marriage and civil partnership expires 12 months after the date it was given. If you've rearranged your ceremony, because of COVID-19 restrictions, you'll need to check that your notice of marriage is still valid. Please complete our notice of marriage enquiry if it's due to expire before your ceremony, and we'll get in touch with you to arrange another appointment. 

Birth registrations

Birth registration appointments are available in Barnsley Town Hall Register office 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.

You can still claim Child Benefit if you've not yet 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 six 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.