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Giving notice

We want to make sure that our customers and staff are always safe and are limiting numbers allowed in the building at any one time, leaving longer rest times in between appointments so that the building can be thoroughly cleaned before the next customer arrives.

Unfortunately, this means that we will have fewer appointments daily and there may be a 3 to 4 week wait before an urgent appointment can be offered. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Please note: Only customers giving notice may attend. Please do not bring children or other adults with you as we are limiting numbers allowed in the building.

If you have an urgent need to undertake an urgent Notice of Marriage for a booked wedding that has been confirmed as being able to go ahead, please email the team at: register.office@lbbd.gov.uk, providing the following information:

  • reasons your registration requires prioritisation
  • supporting evidence such as an appointment confirmation with consular offices, embassies, etc
  • your telephone number (so we can call you to follow up)

Marriages and civil partnerships - Guidance on giving notice on GOV.UK

Certificate of Non Impediment

We may only issue these documents for British citizens.  Please note that you will not be able to book this appointment online and need to complete our online form and we will book an appointment for you.

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If you are a foreign national living in England and Wales and need proof of freedom to marry, you can contact the General Register Office by calling 0300 123 1837 to request a ‘No Trace Letter’.