Once you’ve booked your venue and the registrars, you need to make an appointment to ‘give notice’. Giving Notice is a legal requirement where you will confirm your identity and freedom to marry/form a civil partnership. Notice must be given at least 28 clear days before the date of the ceremony.
Notice must be given in person and is by appointment only.
Notice is venue specific. If you change the venue of the ceremony after giving notice, you will need to give notice and pay the fee again.
Your circumstances will affect the documents you need to bring, where you go to give notice and the fees you pay. You’ll need to bring documents with you to your notice appointment. You must bring the right ones or you won’t be able to give notice.
There are different rules if you or your partner are not British/Irish nationals.
What documents do I need to bring to my appointment?
Use the Giving notice checklist to be certain of what documents you need to bring to your appointment.
Appointments on or after 1 July 2021
If your notice appointment will take place on or after 1 July 2021, changes relating to Brexit mean that if you are not a British/Irish national you will need to provide additional information at your appointment.
Persons with EU Settlement Scheme settled or pre-settled status will be required to provide their 6-digit access code at their appointment to enable the registrars to use the online EUSS checker tool. You will need to obtain this code from the GOV.UK no more than 30 days prior to your appointment.
If you have a pending application for EU settlement status that was submitted before 30 June 2021 you will need to bring your Home Office Certificate of Application to your appointment.
When do I give notice and how do I book an appointment?
We are working through outstanding notices in order of ceremony date. We will contact you when we are ready to arrange your notice appointment, which will take place a few months before your ceremony.
We appreciate this is at odds with the previous information you may have received which advised you to give notice around 6-9 months before your ceremony date. Due to the pandemic we have a considerable number of outstanding notice appointments to conduct, meaning we must conduct your appointment closer to the ceremony date.
It is important that where possible you accept the appointment offered to you to ensure you give notice in time for your ceremony. If you do not give notice in enough time, then the ceremony cannot go ahead. Notice must be given 28 clear days before the date of the ceremony.
If your legal ceremony is taking place outside of the UK, outside the county of Norfolk or in a religious building and you need to give notice of intention to marry/ form a civil partnership or you require a certificate of no impediment please email email@example.com with your phone number, when/where your ceremony will be held and if it is a marriage or civil partnership.
If one or both of you are not a British/Irish nationals or do not have EU settled or pre-settled status then the 28 day notice period may be extended up to 70 clear days.
Where can I give notice?
If both you and your partner:
- Are British/Irish nationals
- Have EU Settlement Scheme settled or pre-settled status. (or a pending application for this submitted before 30th June 2021)
- Are on active duty in England or Wales with visiting Military Forces
- Have Right of Abode.
You must give notice in the registration district where you live.
If you live in Norfolk you can give notice at one of our registration offices. Please note that the government rules on social distancing means we are not able to offer appointments from all our offices.
If you live in England or Wales but outside of Norfolk, you'll need to contact your local registration office as the appointment must take place in the registration district that you live in. Visit registration offices on the gov.uk website to find your local register office.
If one, or both of you are not in the above categories then you must give notice together in a registration district where either one of you resides. You cannot attend a registration office in Norfolk if neither of you live in Norfolk.
If you don’t usually live in England or Wales you must reside here for 7 clear days before the date of notice. The date you arrive, and the date of your appointment do not count as part of the clear 7 days.
Our ceremony date and/or venue has changed, do we need to give notice again?
If your ceremony has been rescheduled or postponed and your notice has now expired (Notice is valid for 12 months from the date given), then you will need to give notice again and the fee for giving notice will be charged.
Notice is venue specific, if you change the venue of the ceremony after giving notice, you will need to give notice and pay the fee again.
How much will giving notice cost?
In most circumstances the fee for notice will be £35 per person. If you are subject to immigration control the fee may be £47.
There is a non-refundable fee at notice of £50 or £75 for checking foreign divorce documentation. A foreign divorce is one which took place outside of the United Kingdom. Contact us if you need any advice.
Marriages or civil partnerships abroad
If you’re getting married or entering into a civil partnership in Scotland or Northern Ireland contact us for help.
If you’re getting married or entering into a civil partnership outside the UK, visit the gov.uk website for help.
If you need a ‘certificate of no impediment’ (CNI) and you live in Norfolk, we’ll be able to help. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number, when/where your ceremony will be held and if it is a marriage or civil partnership.
Terms and conditions
If you change the venue of the ceremony after giving notice, you will need to give notice and pay the fee again. It is your responsibility to ensure that you bring all the correct documentation required to give notice.
If you can’t make your appointment please contact us to re-schedule. Please do this as soon as you can in order to free up the appointment for someone else.