births and marriages services at CEC

Cheshire East Council is restarting two key family services – registration of births and notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

Both services were temporarily halted by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

These restrictions were recently relaxed, allowing the council’s registration team to restart appointments to register births.

By law, face-to-face appointments are needed and measures are in place to keep parents and registration staff safe – including hand sanitiser and rooms for social distancing.

Cllr Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “I’m sure many new parents will be delighted we are able to re-start our wider registration services.

“And I’m sure many couples will be thrilled we are now able to restart our wider registration services.

“Many couples have seen their plans shattered by the impact of Covid-19 and are unsure as to whether their chosen venue will be available in the months to come.

“I really feel for them at this time and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their understanding and patience.

“It is not easy to have to put lives ‘on hold’ and be unable to plan ahead for what should be one of the happiest days of their lives

“I would urge people to follow the guidance on how and when to arrange your appointment and, of course, not to attend if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19. The safety of our staff and customers is paramount.”

Restrictions on weddings have not been lifted and there have been a large number of inquiries about weddings/civil partnerships.

Cllr Rhodes added: “Cheshire East has an array of idyllic rural landscapes and picturesque historic towns and, with more than 60 approved premises venues, and our ceremony rooms in Crewe and Macclesfield, you are sure to find a setting that is perfect for you.”

Registration service offices remain closed to the public except those attending appointments.

Cheshire East will only register births that took place in Cheshire East and that only those required for the registration will be admitted to the building.

The fee for a birth certificate is £11.

Although the registrar is unable to take payment for a birth certificate during the appointment, you can pay for certificates in advance when booking online

You can also pre pay for your certificate at Registration Service online payments

The council is reviewing services regularly and updates will be provided via the council’s website at

To register a birth in Cheshire East, book online via or phone 0300 123 3019.

(Stock image courtesy of CEC)

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