York’s Register Office will temporarily close early next year (7 January – 9 March) while the building undergoes a programme of refurbishment.
Residents will be able to register births, deaths and statutory marriage ceremonies at the council’s West Offices Headquarters during the temporary closure. Registrars will also be based at York Hospital and at the city’s children’s centres, making it easier to register deaths and births.
Wedding ceremonies will take place at York Mansion House or Bedern Hall during the closure period, while the monthly citizenship ceremonies will be held at the Mansion House.
The refurbishment will see the creation of a new ‘bride room’ where brides can chat to the registrar and prepare themselves for the ceremony; an improved reception area; a second, ground-floor ceremony room, and an additional interview room, which will enable the office to carry out more appointments.
Cllr Ann Reid, Interim Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, City of York Council, said: “We’re really excited about the programme of refurbishment, which will make the facilities at the Register Office even better for our customers and staff.
“We hope that the temporary relocation of registration services to West Offices, in addition to registrars being located at York Hospital and children’s centres, will ensure that we can continue to provide a first class service for York residents.”
Contact information for York Register Office will not change during the relocation. Call 01904 654477, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency contact is also available from 10.00am to 11.00am on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (not Christmas Day), should people need to contact the team about an emergency funeral for religious reasons; please telephone: 0778674859.
The Register Office will reopen on Saturday 10 March.