Registration Service updates - Coronavirus

​See the latest updates and changes to Registration Services in Northamptonshire. This page was last updated on Thursday 6 August 2020.

The Government has extended the policy on the mandatory wearing of face coverings in public places in England. 

From Saturday 8 August it will be mandatory for all visitors to wear face coverings in more places including public libraries. Although this does not come into force until Saturday, it is recommended that face coverings are worn by all visitors with immediate effect.   

Latest updates and changes

Following Government guidance clarifying that registration services are now permitted to open in England, Northamptonshire County Council's registration service is open to take birth registrations, urgent notices of marriage and corrections.

Initially, face to face appointments will take place by invitation only and customers with outstanding exceptional birth registrations or those who had their birth registration appointment cancelled when lockdown was first implemented will be contacted first.

Customers will be asked to complete and return a birth registration questionnaire in advance to minimise their time in the office, and will then be contacted to arrange an appointment. The number of people attending the office will be kept to the legal minimum required to complete a legal registration and all payments for certificates will be taken in advance.

Following Public Health guidance, screens have been installed in each office and wipes, hand gel and pens have been distributed across the service. We are still awaiting Government confirmation as to when ceremonies can be recommenced.

How to book an appointment

Please complete the birth registration questionnaire below. We will then verify that all the information required is present and send you a link to book your appointment online as soon as possible.

Request a birth registration appointment

The appointment - what you need to know

Please arrive at the office promptly for your appointment.

As part of our efforts to keep the number of people in office down to the legal minimum required for the registration, please do not bring your child with you.

  • If you are married to the child’s mother or father only one person needs to be present to complete the registration
  • If you are not married and wish for the father's details to be on the birth certificate you may attend together provided you both live in the same household
  • If you are not married, wish for the father’s details to be on the birth certificate and live in separate households please contact registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk, as it may be possible to accommodate the appointment in one of the larger offices in the county

Please be prepared to use hand sanitiser on arrival. Face coverings will not be mandatory for your appointment, but if you wish to wear one you are welcome to do so.

All notices for Northamptonshire are displayed at Northampton Central Library for 28 days. The building is currently closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however, library staff will allow you to access the building to view the notices from 9:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday when social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.

Notice of marriage and civil partnership appointments are currently being offered by invitation only, which will help us to manage those customers who are due to have their ceremony imminently and need to give the required minimum legal notice before their wedding or civil partnership date.

If the following applies to you please contact us at a registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk as soon as possible so we can arrange an appointment for you:

  • You have a wedding booked outside of Northamptonshire and it is taking place in July, August or September and you have not yet given your notice of marriage
  • You are marrying in Northamptonshire in the months of July, August or September and you are a Northamptonshire resident who has not yet given notice of marriage yet

Please do not contact us if your wedding is later than this as we will not be able to offer you an appointment at the moment. Our website will reopen for bookings in the coming weeks to allow you to make a booking.

Following management instruction we have stopped all death registrations in the office with immediate effect. All deaths registrations will now be completed over the telephone.

If you’ve received the legal paperwork from the attending GP or hospital you will need to make arrangements to email this to us. We cannot complete the registration without having access to this information.

For any enquiries, our Customer Service Centre can be contacted by telephone on 0300 126 1000. 

Due to the increase in demand due to Covid-19, we are not currently taking telephone calls. We will be responding to enquiries by email only.

For all enquiries please email registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk and we will respond as soon as we possibly can. If you have submitted a ceremony enquiry form we will contact you in order of receipt date to discuss availability and make your booking.

Following government guidelines any weddings and civil partnership ceremonies or registrations can now commence with effect from the 4 July 2020. Please see government guidance on restrictions:

Face coverings will be required in places of worship. This applies to guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies including those taking place in register offices or other approved venues . Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners.

Getting married in a District or Borough Council room

If you are marrying in one of the ceremony rooms held within a district or borough council building then please be aware of the numbers we have been asked to share with you that have been decided for your ceremony. 

The numbers listed include the couple and the two Ceremony Officers.

​Location​Total number of people
​Northampton Registration Office Ceremony Room – Guildhall ​22
​Wellingborough Borough Council Offices – Swanspool House ​20
​Corby Cube – The Council Chamber 20
​Kettering Borough Council offices – The Mayors Parlour ​9
​Fletton House - Oundle ​30
​The Forum Towcester – The Civic Room​10

Please note these numbers have been decided by the District and Borough Councils.

We are currently not able to carry out statutory marriage registrations as we do not have a room suitable to ensure safe social distancing rules. We are in the process of securing larger rooms to enable these to take place.

Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office.

Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.

Please be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.

Resumption of Inquest Courts

The Senior Coroner has reviewed the position in relation to the cancellation of inquest courts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She has decided that inquest courts will resume from 1 September 2020 operating every week day where possible between 9:45am and 4:00pm. An email or letter will be sent to all next of kin and Interested parties in the next week or so to inform them of the resumption of the courts.

The Courts Listings Officer will be in contact with all parties in due course to make arrangements to reconvene inquests on a convenient date. A Risk Assessment has been undertaken of the court and adjoining rooms. A copy of the Covid compliance requirements are listed below and are in place to help keep everyone safe.

Covid compliance at inquest

  1. You are required to give your name and contact telephone number to reception on arrival.
  2. Sanitising stations are available and must be used on entering the reception area.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times in public areas adjacent to the court.  Masks will not be worn in court during inquests.
  4. In order to comply with social distancing, a maximum of six family members may attend at inquest.
  5. If you or any member of your family is showing Covid symptoms do not attend court and let the Coroner’s office know in advance, either by telephoning 01604 361484 or email coroners@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Advice and support

Should you need any support or advice in relation to inquest issues you can contact the Coroners Court support service:

Telephone: 0300 1112141

Email: helpline@ccss.org.uk

In order to support capacity at both Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals, a temporary mortuary site has been opened on Hardwater Road, Wollaston.