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You can get married or enter into a civil partnership in York if you're:

  • aged 16 years, or older
  • single, divorced or widowed
  • not closely related

You need permission from your parents or guardians if you're under 18.

Civil partnerships are available for same-sex and opposite-sex couples; appointments for 'giving notice' and for ceremonies are subject to availability. Contact York Register Office to discuss bookings.

Giving notice

To get married or enter a civil partnership in England and Wales, each person must give legal notice of intention, to the registrar in the district (county) where you live.

Regardless of where you intend to hold your ceremony, you must both give 28 days' notice (in person) at your local register office, before your marriage or civil partnership can legally go ahead - you'll need to book an appointment to do this; notice cannot be given by post, telephone or email.

If you live in different registration districts you must 'give notice' in your own local office, and your notice period doesn't begin until both appointments are complete.

Please be aware that when you give your notice it is essential that the venue provided is correct so that the ceremony can go ahead. If you are having your ceremony at our office the venue is either:

York Register Office – which is a statutory ceremony with 2 witnesses and will take place in a working office.

or

The Bootham Suite – which is for a larger ceremony (3 or more guests).

Your venue of choice will be confirmed on your booking form, if you are not sure please email ceremonies@york.gov.uk for clarification before you attend your notice appointment.

Your appointment to give notice

The earliest you can give notice is 12 months prior to your ceremony however we prioritise appointments by ceremony dates to ensure we can accommodate demand so you may be asked to contact us at a later date. Notices are valid for one year.

If you live in York contact York Register Office to make an appointment to 'give notice' of your marriage or civil partnership.

We're currently only taking notice for ceremonies which are taking place in the next 3 months from the date that you contact us.

You can book an appointment Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00pm.

See the York Register Office marriage and civil partnership fees for appointment costs.

You'll be told which documents you must bring; notice can not be given if you do not bring the correct documents.

All documents:

  • must be certified or sealed
  • must be original; photocopies are not acceptable
  • must be in English or accompanied by a translation (including any stamps) that is signed with the translator's name and address

If you're under 18 years old, contact the Register Office in advance to ensure you can provide the correct documents.

When do I give notice?

Legal notice of intention to marry or enter a civil partnership must be given at least 28 clear days, prior to the date of the marriage or civil partnership, and you will need to take specific documents with you to the appointment.

Where do I give notice if I don’t live in York?

If you live in England or Wales but outside York you will need to contact your local registration office to make your appointment, as this must take place in the district where you live.

If you live outside England or Wales and you want to marry in York you must reside in England or Wales for 7 clear days before the date of the notice appointment. This does not include the date you arrive and the date of the notice. Both of you must be resident at the same time, for the 7 day period, before giving notice.

What If I am getting married or entering into a civil partnership abroad?

Separate legal procedures apply for religious ceremonies, marrying abroad, and for people subject to immigration control (if you're not an EEA citizen or Swiss citizen) - see gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships for more information.

If you need a Certificate of No Impediment (CONI), and you live in York please contact us for advice at registrar@york.gov.uk or 01904 654477.

What if I am getting married or having a civil partnership in a church or other religious building?

If you a marrying or having a civil partnership in a church or other religious building, you should check with the church whether you need to give notice to the registrar.

Marriage and civil partnership fees

Find out more about York Register Office marriage and civil partnership fees for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, and ceremony costs.

If we need to check documents from overseas, or need to contact the General Register Office to confirm whether your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead, there may be additional costs.

Wedding venues in York

You can have a marriage or civil partnership ceremony at York Register Office, or choose another of our approved places to get married in York.

Pre-ceremony consultation service

Our pre-ceremony consultation service gives you the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your ceremony with one of our experienced Celebration Officers, who'll be able to answer any questions you have, and help to prepare you for your special day.

Contact York Register Office to book your 20 minute pre-ceremony consultation, subject to availability, Monday to Friday.

See pre-ceremony consultation fees.

Also see

York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477