Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Important changes to Register Office services


Registering a birth

Registering the birth of a baby is an important moment for a new family.

But sadly, our Register Office at City Hall now needs to postpone this big event until the end of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic period.

This is because births have to be registered in person by one or both parents and we need to protect everyone from the coronavirus (Covid-19). We have to limit movement across the district and promote social distancing for both the public and staff.

Families can now also make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered. 

These changes have been directed by the General Register Office.

Other changes - weddings, civil partnerships, deaths, citizenship

We have also had to make some other changes to the way other work is carried out at the Register Office.

We recognise that this will mean postponing big events in people’s lives, and regret that these decisions have had to be made, but we need to follow national guidelines to try to keep everyone safe and well.

All weddings, civil partnership and citizenship ceremonies have had to be cancelled. We are unable to book new appointments at the moment. If anyone needs to get in touch on this, they should email [email protected] and someone will respond as soon as possible.

Anyone needing to register births, deaths and still-births, should telephone 01274 432151.

Face to face applications for certificates, e.g. death certificates, are not currently available, so please do not come to the office. Certificates can be ordered online at ‘Get a copy Certificate’ and will be posted to your home address. Alternatively, you can write to us at The Register Office, City Hal l, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY enclosing a cheque made payable to Bradford Council. The fee for each certificate is £11.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “It’s awful to have to impose this restriction on those major events in people’s family lives.  However, we have to think first and foremost now about how we support residents to stay safe. This is another sad but necessary step in our action to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are doing our best to continue the Register services, whilst at the same time following the Government’s restrictions.”

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