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Registrars coronavirus updates

Service updates due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Last updated on 10 December 2021

Where possible (if married), only one parent is to attend the birth registration appointment and no other children are permitted to attend. You will be required to wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building and at all times will need to follow the guidance of the registrar.

Only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.

You will need to register your baby before you are able to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit.

Citizenship ceremonies

Last updated on 7 October 2021

If you have received a letter from the Home Office about your Citizenship ceremony please call 01803 207130. Group ceremonies are taking place at Torre Abbey every ten weeks. Private ceremonies are available at The Register Office weekly and are chargeable.


Last updated on 18 March 2022

Death registrations will now be conducted in person and appointments can be booked online. Please do not call to book an appointment if possible.

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Last updated on 29 March 2022

The Ceremony Room at Cockington Court – these are the restrictions and procedures currently in force. These may change in line with updated Government guidelines before your ceremony date. When we contact you with regard to payment (approx. 2 weeks before the ceremony) we will be able to give you details of the situation at that time.

We have been informed by Torbay Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer that in order to keep the Ceremony Room Covid secure, we must restrict the numbers to a maximum of 12 seated (and none standing) guests plus the couple. This includes all children except tiny babies in arms.

Face coverings are required for guests attending the ceremony

Other factors to consider are:

  • No one who has symptoms of Covid -19 should attend. Anyone self-isolating must stay at home.
  • For the protection of staff and guests we would recommend that all those attending take a lateral flow test before the wedding.
  • On arrival (ideally 10 minutes before your ceremony time) you will need to wait in the Rose Garden until we come to admit you (as the building is currently closed to the public). It’s fine for the couple to arrive separately, but please wait in the Rose Garden. Also please note that only the external toilets are currently open.
  • You and your guests will be questioned before entry to the building as to whether you have any Covid symptoms
  • You and your guests will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival
  • If you have a professional photographer who is not one of the 12 seated guests, they will be able to stand in the doorway during the ceremony and once the registrars have left they will be able to take photos in the room
  • Windows and doors will be open to aid ventilation
  • Social distancing to be maintained between registrar staff and the couple and guests.
  • All those attending are asked to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions to take to help keep friends and family safe. Space should be made for other people to keep their distance if they want to.
  • Rings to be handled by the couple only
  • You (and the witnesses) may bring your own pens to sign the schedule if you wish (although a pen is provided and will be cleaned after each individual use)
  • The room will be cleaned after each ceremony

If you would like to make a booking please use the online booking form.

If you would like to cancel or postpone your booking please email with your full names, address, date of birth as well as the time and venue you have booked.

Give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Last updated on 10 December 2021

Our Registration Service are taking Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership appointments.

Please only attend the office at the time you are given. In some cases, you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment. Please only book your notice appointment at the earliest twelve weeks before your ceremony.

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