Published: Wednesday, 24th Jun 2020

New guidelines have been introduced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19). It means that the Register Office needs to introduce emergency measures to prioritise services.

Death registrations

Due to the coronavirus crisis, we have made some temporary changes to the way deaths are registered in Bolton.  These are in line with government guidance and have been designed to protect the public and council employees, while ensuring all those affected are treated with dignity and respect.

The registration of all deaths will now be carried out over the phone.  Until further notice, no face to face appointments to register a death will take place.

If you need to register a death, please call 01204 331185.  We will then book you a telephone appointment to register the death.  It is not currently possible to make a telephone appointment to register a death online.

If you need any help or advice, for example if your loved one’s death has been referred to the coroner, please again call the register office on 01204 331185.

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this difficult time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies

Ceremonies in the Albert Halls will begin on Saturday 4th July 2020, however due to the size of the room and in accordance to guidelines issued by the government a number of alterations have unfortunately had to be made to the ceremony, there will be no waiting facilities in the building, only the couple and a maximum of 10 guests may attend the ceremony (photographers/videographers will be included in this number) and appropriate social distancing must be adhered to. The wedding party will only be given access to the building at the allocated time, please do not arrive early and unfortunately if you arrive late you will be required to re-book the ceremony.

The only ceremony available at this time is a standard ceremony, no enhancements will be available e.g. readings, music, being given away etc. 

Please note that due restrictions within the building, toilets will not be available for use by the wedding party.

We are in the process of contacting couples who have a ceremony booked with us in date order to discuss whether they still wish to go ahead, cancel or postpone.  If you have a booking, please be patient we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Ceremonies at approved premises will also open on Saturday 4th July 2020, however before Registrars attend any venue, we will need assurance from the venue that they have completed a risk assessment and that they are Covid secure.  We are currently contacting all venues to obtain this assurance.  We are in the process of contacting couples who have bookings with us to attend their ceremony in date order.  If you have a booking, please be patient we will be in touch as soon as possible.  For details around numbers permitted etc. please liaise with your chosen venue.

Due to giving priority to those who have had to postpone their ceremony we are currently not accepting any new bookings for ceremonies this year.

We apologise for any upset this may cause and hope you understand the necessity in making this decision.

We are now able to take notices of marriage/civil partnerships if you are due to marry/enter into civil partnership in the next 6 weeks.  If this applies to you, please send an email to registrars@bolton.gov.uk and include your name, the date and place of the ceremony and a contact telephone number.  Please note evidence of your ceremony booking will be required prior to making an appointment for you.

British citizenship ceremonies

Following advice from the Home Office, British citizenship ceremonies have been suspended for three months. As soon as we have further Home Office information we will update our web pages.

Applications for certificates

We will continue to issue copy birth, death or marriage certificates.  To apply for a certificate you must apply online or telephone us - we are currently not offering this service face to face.

Please do not attend the office to obtain a certificate as we will be unable to process your request.