Give notice of a marriage or a civil partnership

Before you get married or enter into a civil partnership you need to make an appointment to ‘give notice’.

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 a foreign national from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Use our easy online checklist

Use our online checklist to work out which documents you need to bring, where you need to go and what your fees will be. You’ll be able to download and keep the information. You'll also be able to book your appointment.

Use the online checklist

Important information

When do I give notice?

Notices are valid for one year so we recommend your notice appointment is at least nine months before the date of your ceremony.

We require 30 days between giving notice and having your ceremony. 

If either of you is a non EEA national (not British, Swiss or a EEA national) then in some circumstances the notice period may be extended to 70 clear days.

Use our online checklist to check whether you are subject to immigration control or not.

Where can I give notice?

If you live in Norfolk you can give notice in any of our registration offices.

If you don’t usually live in Norfolk, you must reside here for 7 clear days before the date of notice. The date you arrive here does not count. 

If you live in England or Wales but outside Norfolk you'll need to contact your local registration office as the appointment must take place in the registration district that you live in.

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. Use our online checklist to check whether you are subject to immigration control or not.

If you’ve got any ceremony fees to pay you’ll need to do that at your notice appointment. If you change the venue of the ceremony after giving notice, you’ll need to give notice and pay the fee again.

We only accept payments in cash of up to £50. We prefer payment by card if possible - and there’s no extra charge if you pay this way.

Book an appointment

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 us for more information.

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.

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