As of December 10th 2014, couples can convert their Civil Partnership to a Marriage, please click on this link to find out more details.

 For more information please contact the office on 01225 477234

Information about the differences between civil partnerships and same sex marriages is available on the gov.uk website, please see comparison of civil partnership and marriage for same sex couples

What is a Civil Partnership?

A Civil Partnership is a legally binding contract between two people of the same sex. It provides for same sex couples to form a partnership, recognised in law, to become next of kin to one another and to enjoy the same rights and privileges awarded to married couples.

When can you form a Civil Partnership?

A couple intending to form a Civil Partnership must give formal notice of their intention in the registering authority in which they have lived for the preceding 8 days. They must then wait 28 clear days. The partnership is formed when the couple sign a legal document, called a schedule, in the presence of a Civil Partnership Registrar and two witnesses. If the notice is referred to the Home Office, the waiting period maybe extended to 70 clear days.

Who can form a Civil Partnership?

The couple must be of the same sex. A heterosexual couple may not form a civil partnership.

You must be free to form the partnership – you must not be in an existing civil partnership or marriage.

You must be over 18 years of age. If under 18, but over 16, you must bring written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

If one or both parties do not hold British or EEC citizenship they must contact their nearest designated Register Office to give notice. For more information visit the Home office website.

How can you form a Civil Partnership?

The Civil Partnerships are administered by local unitary or county councils.

If you live in Bath and North East Somerset, or have lived here for the preceding EIGHT days, you must attend the Guildhall in Bath, unless one or both parties do not hold British or EEC citizenship in which case you should contact your nearest designated Register Office. The nearest designated register office to Bath are Bristol or Swindon. However, you can choose to hold your Civil Partnership in any Registration District in England and Wales, and not just in the district where notice is given.

You will need to bring with you your birth certificate and passport, any change of name document if applicable, any document relating to the ending of any former marriage or civil partnership and a utility or council tax bill as proof of address.

The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes per person.

The fee will be £35.00 per person.

We operate an appointment system. Please telephone us on 01225 477234 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday (except on Wednesday when we don't open until 10 am) to arrange your appointment.

If you form your civil partnership in Bath and North East Somerset a certificate or extract certificate is included in the fee for your ceremony. If you wish to purchase extra copies on the day they are £4.00 each. The Registrar will post them out to you.

If you need to get a replacement Civil Partnership certificate it will cost £10.00 (or £12.00 if purchased over the phone).

If you need to talk to someone about arranging an  urgent Civil Partnership please click on the highlighted link.

Bath Weddings

The forming of a Civil Partnership does not require a ceremony, but we are delighted to offer them in the Guildhall or at one of our Approved Premises.  You can also visit our sister website Bath Weddings for further information

If you and your partner would like to have a ceremony, Bath is the most wonderful place to hold it. 

  • Our expert Registrars' are on hand to guide you through the process and work with you to create a bespoke ceremony.
  • We can incorporate Hand Fasting, Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony elements to enhance your wedding.
  • We will develop a relationship with you in the run up to your ceremony.
  • We can deliver a ceremony which is as short or as long as you wish it to be.
  • We will arrive early on the day of your ceremony to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Due to recent changes in the law, we are now able to offer evening ceremonies.  These are available every evening in our Approved Premises.  You can also have an evening ceremony Thursday to Friday in our Guildhall Rooms. Seperate fees from those advertised on the website apply. Please contact the Register Office on 01225 477234 if you would like to find out further information.

Relate offer couple counselling to people of all faiths. Please click on the highlighted link to access their website.

Customer Survey

Here at the Bath Register Office we aim to uphold the highest standards of customer care. If you have recently used our service we would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete our customer survey. Your feedback will help us identify what we are doing right and where there is room for improvement.

Thank you in advance for your time and if you have any specific complaints/compliments please email us at the email address register_office@bathnes.gov.uk.

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