Civil Partnership Registrations

Please note that from 1st April 2019 the Lisburn Registration Office located at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn will move to an Appointment System.

Castlereagh Registration Office, Bradford Court, Castlereagh currently operates by Appointment

To make an appointment for Lisburn Registration Office at Lagan Valley Island (from 1st April), or Castlereagh Registration Office at Bradford Court, Castlereagh please ring 028 9244 7270 or 028 9244 7263

Lisburn Registration Office at the Island Civic Centre, Lisburn


Step into the magnificent Lagan Valley Island complex, a truly magnificent venue.


From the moment you arrive the Registration Staff will help make your visit to Lagan Valley Island special.


The Lagan Valley Island complex, is situated on the banks of the River Lagan with easy access from the M1. This is a beautiful venue, with a range of exclusive sculptures, a fully restored canal with operating lock gates, secluded terrace, patio and garden areas.


Castlereagh Registration Office at the Civic Centre, Castlereagh


The Castlereagh Civic Centre is a beautiful setting for your special day. The building was opened in 2000 and is very modern in design with a spectacular rotunda incorporating stain glass to represent landmarks within the area. There are also beautiful gardens available for your photographs.


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Civil Partnerships may take place in the Registrar's Office or in an Approved Venue. (Please contact Registration Office for details of Approved Venues in the Area and Fees regarding this).


Who Can Enter Into a Civil Partnership?


Any two persons, regardless of where they live, may enter into a civil partnership in Northern Ireland provided that:-

  • Both Persons are at least 16 years of age on the day of the civil partnership registration. Persons over 16 years of age and under 18 years of age require parental consent.
  • They are not related to one another in a way, which would prevent their civil partnership registration.
  • They are unmarried or are not already in a civil partnership (any person who has already been married or in a civil partnership must produce documentary evidence that the previous marriage has been ended by death, divorce or annulment, or the previous civil partnership has been dissolved).
  • They are capable of understanding the nature of the civil partnership.


Booking Your Civil Partnership Registration

You may make a provisional booking by calling in person and filling in a form or emailing. Please note this will reserve the room and the registrar for that date and time until official notice is given.


Contact details to check availability and provisionally book:


Lisburn Registration Office – Tel: 028 9244 7262/3 to book the Registration Office at Lagan Valley Island, Island Civic Centre, Lisburn


Castlereagh Registration Office – Tel: 028 9244 7263 to book Registration Office at Castlereagh Civic Centre, Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Castlereagh


You do not however have to initially make a provisional booking; you may just make a definite booking by completing the following:


How and When to Give Official Notice

Notice of Civil Partnership may be given within 12 months of the date of the Civil Partnership. Both parties must each complete a Notice Form and bring or send them to the Registration Office the Civil Partnership is to take place once within the 12 months, but preferably no later than 8/10 weeks before the date of the registration. Notice forms are available from any of the Northern Ireland Registration Offices or by downloading by clicking on this link


The fees should be accompanied with the Notice Forms and all required documents.


Once the Registration Office receives the two notice forms, fees and documents, the Notice takes effect from that date. Then, the earliest possible civil partnership registration would be 28 days later (depending on availability and circumstances).


Fees - Lisburn Registration Office (From 1st April 2019)

CeremonyWeekdaysSaturdaysStatutory/Public Holidays
Small Interview Room (max 2 guests)£80.00£206.00Not Available
Hawthorn Road (max 15 people)£135.00£261.00£460.00
Cherry Room (max 74 people)£160.00£286.00£460.00
Chestnut Suite (max 110 people)£190.00£316.00£460.00



There are various rooms you may have your Civil Partnership Registration in within Lagan Valley Island, as above.  *Please note, rooms are not always available to see on a daily basis.



Fees - Castlereagh Registration Office

Wedding CeremonyWeekdaysSaturdays
Small Interview Room (max 2 guests)£80.00Not available



There are various rooms you may have your Civil Partnership Registration in Bradford Court, Castlereagh.  *Please note, rooms are not always available to see on a daily basis.



Essential Documents to be Produced


All documents must be originals i.e. not photocopies and if not in English, accompanied by a certified translation. These documents must be produced when giving notice. Failure to do so will mean postponement.



A Full Birth Certificate (Long Version) showing parents details.



If you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.

If divorced - a decree absolute or a dissolution of Civil Partnership Certificate. Please note a decree nisi is not acceptable.

If a woman has reverted back to maiden name - last marriage certificate must be produced.



If 16 or 17 years - Consent Forms are available from Registrar



Passport or National Identity Card

If you are a non-EEA citizen, please read information NI Directs information on getting married in Northern Ireland for information and requirements here