Blackpool register office

The Register Office operates as Blackpool Registration Service.

Registration Service locations

Service locations
LocationOpening HoursServices Provided
The Town Hall              
Talbot Square
Blackpool
FY1 1AD 

Monday to Friday:
9.00am to 4.30pm 

From Friday 27 March, closed to everyone. Deaths will be registered by telephone (see information below).

 
  • Birth and death appointments
  • Birth re-registration appointments
  • Provisional ceremony bookings
  • Ceremony advice
  • Notice appointment booking
  • Copy certificate production
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies in the council chamber
  • Citizenship ceremonies in the council chamber
The Wedding Chapel
Festival House
People's Promenade
Blackpool
FY1 1AP 

Monday to Friday:
10.00am to 3.00pm

Closed to the public from Tuesday 24 March until further notice. Contact can still be made via email ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk and phone 01253 477 177

Unfortunately, forthcoming ceremonies are cancelled. If you have a ceremony booked, our team will be making contact with you shortly.

 
  • Provisional ceremony bookings including Citizenship ceremonies 
  • Ceremony advice
  • Notice appointment booking
  • Notice appointments
  • Ceremony final payments
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies
  • Private Citizenship ceremonies
  • EU Settlement Scheme (drop-in on Fridays only)
Grange Park Children's Centre               
31 Dingle Avenue
Blackpool
FY3 7NX

Registrar's opening hours

Closed from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

  • Birth appointments
Customer information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 27 March 202


Please read the following information if you have booked a ceremony or appointment at The Wedding Chapel or an approved venue or have an appointment to register a birth or death. If you wish to order copy certificates, please use our online service until further notice. Unfortunately we can no longer offer the Priority or Collect in Person Services.

Coming to the Town Hall

The Town Hall is now closed to all customers.

Registering births

  • Appointments for birth registrations, re-registrations and corrections will not now be offered.
  • There will be no penalty for missing the 42 day deadline for registering your child during the pandemic.
  • Customers are advised that they can now make a claim for Child Benefit or Universal Credit prior to the birth being registered, where they have not been able to register because of the pandemic.

Registering deaths

We will be registering deaths from Friday 27 March by telephone

To make a telephone appointment to register a death, you can either book a designated slot online or phone us on 01253 477177. Athough your online booking confirmation will tell you to attend an appointment at the Town Hall, this is no longer accurate.

  • Do not attend your appointment in person
  • Ensure your doctor has scanned the deceased's medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) to us at registrars.bdm@blackpool.gov.uk before you make your appointment
  • A regisrar will telephone you within an hour of your allocated appoitment start time

Booking your telephone appointment

  • Please book your death registration appointment online if you can. We are now operating with limited staff and expect an increasing number of calls. Avoid calling between 12 – 2pm and if you still can’t get through to us to book an appointment, please email us at registrars.bdm@blackpool.gov.uk and leave a contact number for us to call you back
  • We are liaising with the Bereavement Office at Victoria Hospital, Trinity Hospice and all GP surgeries for the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) to be scanned to us so that relatives do not need to pick this up in person (we cannot register the death without this information)
  • If you are told to pick up the MCCD in person, refuse and ask the medical provider to scan it to us at the email address above. We can only accept scans from Victoria Hospital, Trinity Hospice or a GP surgery
  • The following people are qualified to register a death: - any relative residing within the district or elsewhere - someone who was present at the death (this doesn’t have to be a relative) - the occupier of a house where the person died there (and the occupier knew of the death) (Occupier includes anyone living in the house and who either owns or is liable for the rent of the whole house or that part of it in which the death occurred) - any inmate of the house where the person died if they knew of the death - the occupier of a communal establishment such as a Nursing or Rest home. This person should hold a senior administrative role. - any person who found the body - any person in charge of the body - the person making the decision on the burial or cremation of the body - a funeral director who is working on behalf of the family and has their agreement to do so

Preparing for your telephone appointment

  • Make sure you are available for an hour, beginning at the start of your appointment time
  • Make sure you have any documentary evidence to hand of the deceased that will help you spell their name correctly
  • You should fill in Information required by the Registrar when registering a death to prepare you for the other questions you will be asked during your  telephone appointment
  • If you would like to purchase copies of the death entry, the registrar can take payment for these over the phone with a debit or credit card so have this to hand also. Certificates cost £11 each.

What we will do after your appointment

  • We will scan and email the paperwork that will allow the funeral to take place directly to the funeral director, hospital mortuary or Trinity Hospice as required
  • We will post out any certificates to you that you purchased during your appointment

" We realise this is a very stressful situation for you so please bear with us if you're struggling to get through to us. We will continue to work throughout this pandemic on your behalf to ensure that the legal process is completed for your loved one and that the necessary paperwork is issued for the funeral to take place.

Together we will get through this! "

Coming to The Wedding Chapel (Festival House)

The Wedding Chapel is closed to the public from Tuesday 24 March until further notice. Contact can still be made via email ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk and phone 01253 477 177

Unfortunately, all forthcoming ceremonies will now have to be postponed, as will pre-booked notice appointments. If you have a ceremony booked, our team will be making contact with you shortly.

Forthcoming Ceremonies

You will not lose your ceremony fee if you have to postpone due to the advice of the Government. If you have a ceremony booked with us in the next few weeks, our staff will be getting in touch with you. If you are trying to contact us, please be patient as we are experiencing an increased number of enquiries. If you can’t get through email mailto:ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk and provide your phone number and someone will call you back.

Notice appointments and future ceremony bookings

We are taking no bookings for future notice appointments or ceremonies until further notice. Contact us if you need urgent advice.

Citizenship ceremonies

All Citizenship Ceremonies are cancelled until further notice.

Copy certificates

The Town Hall is now closed to all customers wanting to order certificates in person.

Please see our webpage 'Order Copy Certificates' for revised guidance on alternative was to apply. Unfortunately we can no longer offer the Priority or Collect in Person Services.

Please be aware that the situation is ever evolving and this guidance may need to be updated in line with government guidance as and when it is issued

Roadworks and road closures

There are currently roadworks taking place within the town centre. The Town Hall is situated in Talbot Square, which is our main office for registering births and deaths and conducting marriage ceremonies in the council chamber.

  • The Town Hall will remain accessible to pedestrians throughout the roadworks

  • We are currently discouraging ceremony bookings for the Council Chamber due to the potential noise disturbance, but if you would like like to discuss a possible ceremony, please speak to our ceremonies team on 01253 477177.

  • Read the up-to-date information regarding Blackpool's road closures.

Helpful information

  • Please note that registering births, deaths, stillbirths,  birth re-registrations and giving the legal preliminaries to form a marriage or civil partnership are strictly by appointment only.

  • Please ensure you arrive on time for your appointment otherwise the registrar may not be able to see you.

  • Most appointments last for 30 minutes, however a double notice appointment may take from 40 minutes to one hour.

  • You can book your birth or death appointment online below.

  • Please phone us to book a stillbirth appointment, a birth re-registration or to book the legal preliminaries (give notice) to form a marriage or civil partnership. Our phone number is 01253 477 177.

 

 

If the online service offers an appointment more than 5 days after the date of death, and there is no coroner involvement, please ring us instead to ensure an earlier appointment. There is no charge for registering a birth or death however a certified copy of the birth or death entry is currently £11 at the time of registration and afterwards. (Different fees then apply for obtaining certificates based on speed of production and postage options required).

Statistics

In 2017 we registered:

  • 2,952 births (of which 46 re-registrations added the natural father to the birth record after the initial registration and 140 were re-registered due to the parents marrying each other)

  • 3,044 deaths

  • 1,107 preliminary notices for marriage or civil partnership

We also:

  • Booked 660 provisional ceremonies

  • Performed 541 ceremonies

  • Issued 4,372 copy birth, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates (not including those issued at the time of the registration appointment) of which 836 were fast-tracked