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This page provides information for same-sex couples who wish to obtain legal recognition of their relationship, in the form of a civil partnership; and for same-sex couples arranging a civil partnership ceremony.
In North Yorkshire, we have many and varied venues available. We recognise that there is far more than just one civil partnership ceremony, each is individual and special in its own way.
We offer two kinds of ceremonies for civil partnerships, a simple registration of your partnership (for a statutory fee) and an enhanced ceremony.
The simple civil partnership registration meets all the necessary legal requirements. This ceremony has no enhancements such as music or readings and is for a limited number of six guests (including your two witnesses). It is offered in all our registration offices during opening hours, Monday to Friday up to 11.30am. Please see the registration service fees page for the fee for a simple ceremony, which includes one certificate.
Alternatively, for such an important event, you might prefer to have a more personalised ceremony. You may enhance your ceremony with readings and music, to make the service a unique and special occasion. This enhanced ceremony is available at any time in our offices, though charges vary according to the day of the week and the size of the room used. Please see the registration service fees page for the fees for an enhanced ceremony.
Please note that the enhanced ceremony is always offered for ceremonies at approved venues.
The civil partnership ceremony
Please note that the civil partnership ceremony must be entirely non-religious in character and therefore may not, by law, contain any religious readings or music.
Two witnesses to the civil partnership will be required to sign the legal record of civil partnership. They can be friends or relatives of either sex, aged 16 years or older, who must be able to understand the ceremony.
Whether it is a simple ceremony or an elaborate celebration, we can help you choose everything you need for your day from the registration office to music and words.
For more information, please view our ceremony bookings terms and conditions [48kb] [pdf] document.
Eligibility for a civil partnership
Please note that there are some legal restrictions on who may enter into a civil partnership. In addition, you do not have to be a British citizen or to have the right to live here permanently to register your civil partnership in England and Wales. However, civil partnership in the United Kingdom does not automatically give you the right of permanent residence here. See the foreign nationals who wish to marry or register a civil partnership page for more details.
The registration service is able to make special arrangements at very short notice for a civil partnership formation under special licence, where one person in the relationship is very seriously ill and not expected to recover.
There is a legal process to be followed in such cases, so please contact your local registration office for further advice and information.
You can find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.
Civil partnerships - frequently asked questions
Civil partnership ceremonies - frequently asked questions
Registration service - fees