Notice of marriage or civil partnership can still be completed during the new national restrictions that come into place from Thursday 5 November 2020. All registrations must be done in person and by appointment only.
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/enter a civil partnership. Notice must be given 28 clear days before the date of the ceremony.
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.
Use the online checklist
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 church and you need to give notice of intention to marry/civil partnership or certificate of no impediment please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and when/where your ceremony will be held.
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.
Our ceremony date 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 of £35 per person will be charged.
Where can I give notice?
Notice must be given 28 clear days before the date of the 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.
The government rules on social distancing and meetings means we are not able to offer appointments from all our offices. You can give notice at our Norwich, King’s Lynn or Great Yarmouth registration offices.
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.
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, and the date of your appointment do not count as part of the clear 7 days.
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.
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 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.
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.