As of December 10th 2014, couples can convert their Civil Partnership to a Marriage, please click on this link to find out more details.

 For more information please contact the office on 01225 477234

Information about the differences between civil partnerships and same sex marriages is available on the website, please see comparison of civil partnership and marriage for same sex couples

What is a Civil Partnership?

A Civil Partnership is a legally binding contract between two people. It provides for couples to form a partnership, recognised in law, to become next of kin to one another and to enjoy the same rights and privileges awarded to married couples.

When can you form a Civil Partnership?

A couple intending to form a Civil Partnership must give formal notice of their intention in the registering authority in which they have lived for the preceding 8 days. They must then wait 28 clear days. The partnership is formed when the couple sign a legal document, called a schedule, in the presence of a Civil Partnership Registrar and two witnesses. If the notice is referred to the Home Office, the waiting period maybe extended to 70 clear days.

Who can form a Civil Partnership?

Any couple, opposite sex or same sex, can form a Civil Partnership.

You must be free to form the partnership – you must not be in an existing civil partnership or marriage.

You must be over 18 years of age. If under 18, but over 16, you must bring written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

If one or both parties do not hold British or EEC citizenship they must contact their nearest designated Register Office to give notice. For more information visit the Home office website.

How can you form a Civil Partnership?

The Civil Partnerships are administered by local unitary or county councils.

If you live in Bath and North East Somerset, or have lived here for the preceding EIGHT days, you must attend the Guildhall in Bath, unless one or both parties do not hold British or EEC citizenship in which case you should contact your nearest designated Register Office. The nearest designated register office to Bath are Bristol or Swindon. However, you can choose to hold your Civil Partnership in any Registration District in England and Wales, and not just in the district where notice is given.

You will need to bring with you your birth certificate and passport, any change of name document if applicable, any document relating to the ending of any former marriage or civil partnership and a utility or council tax bill as proof of address.

The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes per person.

The fee will be £35.00 per person.

We operate an appointment system. Please telephone us on 01225 477234 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday (except on Wednesday when we don't open until 10 am) to arrange your appointment.

If you form your civil partnership in Bath and North East Somerset a certificate or extract certificate is included in the fee for your ceremony. If you wish to purchase extra copies on the day they are £11.00 each. The Registrar will post them out to you.

If you need to talk to someone about arranging an  urgent Civil Partnership please click on the highlighted link.


Relate offer couple counselling to people of all faiths. Please click on the highlighted link to access their website.

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