Residency

In all cases please contact our office for advice before booking any residency.

Before you give notice please check which of the following circumstances apply to you:

You both live within England or Wales 

  • If both of you live within England or Wales, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district in which you live to give notice that you intend to marry/form the civil partnership.  
  • If you both live in Cumbria this appointment should be attended together.  
  • If one or both parties are outside Cumbria we recommend doing this around the same time so one authority does not expire sooner.

One of you lives within England or Wales and one party in Scotland

  • If one party is normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.
  • The party in England or Wales would make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district in which you live to give notice that you intend to marry/form a civil partnership.  
  • It is important that the party in Scotland makes an appointment to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment around the same time.  
  • Once the certificate of no impediment is produced in Scotland it is your responsibility to ensure this is passed to Cumbria Registration Service so we may agree to issue the Marriage Schedule for your ceremony. 

If both parties live in Scotland

  • In England and Wales you must qualify to marry/form a civil partnership. 
  • In general this is by becoming resident in England or Wales.  
  • Parties from Scotland have to fulfil residency requirements to qualify.  
  • It is important therefore that either both do full residency as noted below or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in the registration district 

Either party resident outside Scotland, England or Wales

In this instance it may be that further regulations apply as well as simple residency requirements.  

In this instance you should contact our office for advice.  

If however we are able to take a booking for your ceremony and you are advised residency is required, this is explained below.

In all cases where Residency is required

  • The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  
  • Whilst you can leave the district during the day the nights must be spent in the district.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. 
  • If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until paperwork is completed.
  • In the case of Scottish residents, if only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in Scotland.  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you cannot say one party is resident and give their address as within the district, thereby losing the qualification to marry/form the civil partnership.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in England or Wales.
  • The other consideration is that if a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in England or Wales. 
  • It is your responsibility to confirm with the Registration Team that where you are staying qualifies you to marry/form the partnership, that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you.
  • Evidence of residency will be needed. This may be a receipt for a hotel or holiday home confirming the period you began your residency.  If you stayed with a friend or relative they will need to provide you with a letter providing their name, address, the date you arrived, confirming your residency was not broken and with their usual signature.

Before you give notice please check which of the following circumstances apply to you:

Both of you live within the boundaries of the parishcovered by the church in which you wish to marry, and you are not having banns read, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district (Cumbria) in which the parish is situated, to give notice that you intend to marry.  You should check with the local Clergy if your residency falls within the Parish.

One of you lives within the parish boundaries of the said church, and the other party resides within the registration district (Cumbria) in which the parish is situated, and you are not having banns read, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district (Cumbria) in which the parish is situated, to give notice that you intend to marry.  You should check with the local Clergy if your residency falls within the Parish.

One of you lives within the parish boundaries of the said church, and the other party resides outside the registration district (Cumbria) in which the parish is situated but still within England or Wales, and you are not having banns read, the party residing within the parish will give notice at the register office in which the parish is situated (any office in Cumbria), and the other will need to give notice at his or her own local register office.

Neither of you live within the parish, one or both of you will need to reside at an address within the parish boundaries for a period of 7 clear days. The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  Whilst you can leave the parish during the day the nights must be spent in the parish.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until you have had an appointment with a Registrar and had an interview to give notice of intent to marry.

If only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in their home district anywhere in England or Wales (or Scotland - see note below).  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you cannot say one party is resident and give their address as within the parish, thereby losing the qualification to marry.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in the parish of the church in which you wish to marry.

If a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the wedding, one in Scotland and one in the Parish boundary of the said church.

It is your responsibility to confirm with the incumbent that where you are staying is within the Parish of the said church and that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you.

Before you give notice please check which of the following circumstances apply to you:

You both live within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria)

If both of you live within the boundaries of the district (Cumbria) covered by the church in which you wish to marry, you will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the registration district (any office in Cumbria) in which the church is situated, to give notice that you intend to marry.

One party is resident within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria)

If only one of you lives within the district boundaries of the said church, and the other party resides outside the registration district (Cumbria) in which the church is situated, the party residing within the district will give notice at the register office in which the church is situated (any office in Cumbria), and the other will need to give notice at his or her own local register office.  

If either party are normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as noted below or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church 

Neither party lives within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria)but it is the Usual Place of Worshipof one or both parties and you live within England or Wales then you still qualify to marry/form the partnership without residency.  In this case a letter would be required from the incumbent to confirm that this is your usual place of worship.  You would then attend and give notice at your own local register office in the district(s) where you live.  

If one party is normally resident in Scotland, but the other is normally resident in England/Wales then you still qualify to marry/form the civil partnership without residency however the Scottish paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that both parties can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church 

If both parties are normally resident in Scotland, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as below, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in the district (Cumbria) of the said church 

Neither party lives within the Registration district of the church (Cumbria) and it is NOT the Usual Place of Worship of one or both parties, one or both of you will need to reside at an address within the district boundaries (Cumbria) for a period of seven clear days. 

In all cases where Residency is required (Other Religious Buildings)

The first and last day do not count and therefore it is in effect 8 nights and you can give notice on the 9th consecutive day.  Whilst you can leave the district during the day the nights must be spent in the district.  You can give notice of intent after the 9th day provided you haven't broken the residency.  So you may decide to spend 14 nights but as long as it is a minimum of 8 nights and that the residency however long is unbroken they are then deemed resident. If the last day of your residency falls on a day when the Register Office is closed you must stay at the address until paperwork is completed.

If only one party is undertaking residency, the other person must give notice on the same day in their home district anywhere in England or Wales (or Scotland - see notes).  The reason being if you give notice before the 9th day you cannot say one party is resident and give their address as within the parish, thereby losing the qualification to marry/form the partnership.  If you wait until after and the residency has been broken the person is then no longer resident and no longer qualifies.  Both notices must be the same and one party must be resident in the parish of the church in which you wish to have your ceremony.

The other consideration is that if a couple are normally resident in Scotland, for example, their paperwork is only valid for 3 months.  It is important therefore that either both do full residency as above, or if one party is to do so then they can only give notice of intent within 3 months of the ceremony, one in Scotland and one in the registration district of the said church 

It is your responsibility to confirm with the incumbent that where you are staying is within the district of the said church and that your appointment is immediately after an unbroken residency period of at least 8 nights and that you bring the correct documents with you.