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Civil Partnerships

Who can register for a Civil Partnership

Two people who are:

  • Of the same sex
  • 16 or over (with consent if under 18)
  • Not already married or in a civil partnership
  • Not closely related (parent, sister, brother, aunt, uncle)

How much it costs:

  • To give notice of the intention to form a Civil Partnership  £35 each
  • To Register the Partnership in Poole Register Office  £45
  • To Register the Partnership at the Guildhall (1 April 2013-31 March 2014): £500

To Register the Partnership in one of the approved premises (1 April 2013-31 March 2014):

  • Monday to Friday: £378

  • Saturday: £408

  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £451

Note: There is a £25.00 booking fee for all weddings in the Guildhall and Approved Premises.

How to register a Civil Partnership

  • Decide first of all on the date when you would like to form your Civil Partnership. You should book your appointment with your chosen venue. You can register your Civil Partnership at a Register Office, or at one of the venues approved for Marriage. You are not allowed to register your Civil Partnership at a religious venue.

  • Contact your local Register Office to make an appointment to give notice of your intention to register a Civil Partnership. Both of you will have to give Notice. Although you have to give Notice at your local Register Office, you do not necessarily have to register your Civil Partnership there.

  • Attend the Register Office to give your Notice. When you attend to give notice, you will have to provide proof of identity, (usually a passport, driving licence, birth certificate, etc.) proof of residence in your area, (usually a council tax bill, utility bill, etc.) and £35 each. If you have ever been through a marriage or partnership registration in the UK or elsewhere, you will need to take proof of how that ended (e.g. Decree Absolute or Death Certificate).

  • Twenty eight clear days after giving your Notice, you can register your partnership by signing a Civil Partnership Schedule in front of the Registrar and your two witnesses. You can have a simple legal declaration and signing, or you may choose a special ceremony. Either way, you will need to bring two witnesses, who should be over 18 years of age.

Where to register a Civil Partnership

You can register a Civil Partnership at the following venues:

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Contact us


01202 633744

The Register Office
The Guildhall
Market Street Poole
BH15 1NF

Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm
9:00am - 4:00pm