Births, deaths and marriages

Suspended ceremonies at York Register Office

For the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, York Register Office is currently closed to the public. Unless you have an appointment to register a birth, please do not visit in person.

We're resuming ceremonies from the Saturday 4 July 2020 in our office at Bootham.

Ceremonies booked with us at our Bootham office

As with other Register Offices in the region that are able to reopen and in line with government advice, the council is maintaining the 2m social distancing. This means initially 8 guests (excluding the couple and officiants) will be allowed in our Bootham Suite, in addition the small ceremony where the couple and only two witnesses attend will continue as normal. We are working with other council locations and our approved premises to allow 30 people to attend a wedding and will announce more details should this be possible.

The date and time of your current ceremony may be revised and we will be in contact with couples to discuss your options.

For more details on how your ceremony will be affected please call 01904 654477 or email

Ceremonies booked with one of our venues

If you have a ceremony booked with one of our venues please contact them and ensure they will be open on the day of your ceremony and discuss what changes have been made for example the maximum number of guests.

Postponing a ceremony

If you would like to postpone your ceremony please contact us by emailing and include your names, date, time, venue and a contact number and we will be in touch. Please note we are not able to offer new dates until after Thursday 1October 2020 onwards but you will be given priority.

We continue to offer couples the chance to postpone their weddings at no extra cost should they wish to in the current circumstances.

Canceling a ceremony

We've continued to rearrange bookings for those who have been affected by the lockdown and are committed to offering couples the opportunity to get married or enter into a civil partnership. However, if you would like to cancel your ceremony please email and include your full names/date/time and venue of your ceremony and we will action your request.

If you are cancelling your ceremony due to the pandemic you will receive the £50 non-refundable deposit back as a good will gesture during these exceptional times.

Cancelled ceremonies at York Register Office

Unfortunately, all ceremonies that were due to take place at York Register Office up to and including 29 June 2020 have been cancelled; we'll contact you with arrangements for rebooking in due course.

If we need to extend the cancellation period beyond 29 June, we'll contact you to let you know at the earliest opportunity.

Any ceremony fees that have been paid will be transferred to your new booking at a later date, or refunded if you decide to cancel; statutory notice fees are not refundable.

We apologise for any inconvenience or upset caused by the cancellation of ceremonies at York Register Office, but hope you'll understand the need to keep you and our staff safe at this time.

New ceremony bookings

For completely new bookings please contact us by emailing and provide a contact number so we can call you back. Please note that due to the high volume of enquiries there may be a delay in our response however we aim to contact will within 10 days from receiving your enquiry.

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York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477