Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships

Following the strict new measures introduced by UK Government on Monday 23 March 2020, including the advice to ‘STAY AT HOME’ the Registration Services offered at Ards and North Down Borough Council offices must now be severely restricted.

Registration of Births - UPDATE 1.6.2020

Registration services have put in place measures for recommencing the registration of births in the Town Hall, Bangor, by appointment only from 3 June 2020.

Information about the suspension of services during the COVID19 pandemic is below.

Birth registration services were suspended from Tuesday 24 March until Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Note:  During this exceptional period, parents will not be penalised if the birth has not been registered within the required 42 day period.

Parents can continue to enrol their child at a GP Practice during the suspension of this process.

They will be required to supply the following information when they contact the Surgery;

* Child’s Health & Care Number (Issued by the hospital at birth)

* Full Name the child is to be registered as

* Home Address the child will be residing at

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

There will be no civil marriage or civil partnership ceremonies within the district until further notice.  We will not be taking further bookings at this time.

To cancel or postpone your wedding or civil partnership please email  registration1@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk with your name, mobile number and date and place of marriage and we will respond to you in due course.

New applications for Religious or Humanist marriages will only be accepted by post.  We are happy to accept photocopies of passports and other legal documents on the proviso that the originals are seen when collecting the Marriage Schedule.  We will contact you to pay the £44 fee over the phone, so please be sure to provide your phone number.

Death Registrations

From Friday 27 March 2020 (including Monday 25 May 2020 – Bank Holiday) the doctor will send the death certificate by email to the General Registrar’s Office. The Registrar will then contact the next of kin or their funeral director and the death will be registered by phone. There will be no need to attend your local Registrar's office.

If you have any issues please contact your undertaker or the Registrar on 028 9127 8003.

Cemeteries

**MAY BANK HOLIDAY - FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020 - Cemeteries will be open to the public from 1pm to 8pm. Funerals can take place throughout the morning**

Following the decision by the NI Executive (24 April), cemeteries across Ards and North Down will reopen on 25 April 2020 at 1pm.  Please note the following arrangements. The cemeteries will be open to the public at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday: 1pm to 8pm
  • Sunday 10am to 8pm

Please adhere to social distancing measures when visiting the cemetery. No use of cemeteries for reasons of exercise please.

Privacy Notice

You can find out how any personal information you give to Ards and North Down Borough Council's Registrars office is used and how it will be handled by viewing the General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) privacy notice