COVID-19: law and licensing updates

Registration services


The Registration Service has restarted birth registrations, ceremonies and marriage registration services.

All services will be by appointment only. For your safety and the safety of our staff please do not show up early for your appointment. This way we will avoid groups of people congregating outside the building. If you are late for your appointment you will have to reschedule for another time.

Do not attend your appointment if:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19

  • you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms

A maximum of two people may attend an appointment. Please do not bring children or babies to the office. All visitors will be expected to wash their hands with alcohol-based hand rub prior to the appointment.

The first office to open will be based at Angus House. A separate entrance to the main entrance is being used for Registration appointments. This is to the right of the main entrance and will be signposted. Further offices will be opened shortly to expand the services offered.

Birth registration

Staff will ensure that births are registered as quickly as possible, but your patience will be much appreciated as the backlog of registrations is processed.

Priority is being given at the moment to registering new births (after 28 June 2020) and before 31 March 2020. Further announcements will be made about this in due course.

If you are resident in Angus and you have not already been in touch with the registration team, contact Angus Council ACCESSline on 03452 777 778. They will pass your details to the registration team.

A member of the registration team will then contact you to take the registration details over the phone then arrange an appointment for you to check and sign the register page for your baby.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Ceremonies can now take place out of doors with a maximum of eight people present from a maximum of three households.

These regulations mean it is not currently possible for the Registrars to conduct a ceremony within our buildings.

This is likely to change at phase 3 of the route out of lockdown. We don't however have confirmation of what those changes will entail or when phase 3 will start.

If you have already lodged your notice of intention to have a civil marriage ceremony or enter a civil partnership and you can meet the current parameters, we will do our best to arrange for one our Registrars to carry out a ceremony for you.

If you have already lodged your notice of intention to marry and have arranged a religious or belief group celebrant to take your ceremony, please ensure you notify the registration team of any amendments to your date or venue.

The Registration team can now accept marriage notice forms and supporting documents by email. Please be aware that we must see all original documents before we can issue your schedule. We will arrange a time with you to collect your marriage schedule.

If you plan to have a religious or belief group ceremony you can submit your notice forms to us but please be aware you will need to comply with any government set parameters in place at the date of your ceremony.

Notices must be submitted 28 clear days before the date of your ceremony and are valid for three months from the date they are received.

For marriage enquiries please contact Angus Council ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 where your details will be passed to the Registration team.


Group citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled for now. Contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 or complete our general enquiry form  to enquire about completion of the naturalisation process.

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    Guidance for street traders

    Guidance for civic licence holders

    Guidance for civic miscellaneous licence holders

    Guidance for taxi/private hire operators/drivers

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