Notice of marriage appointments can now be made at Birkenhead Town Hall for couples planning on tying the knot.

Face-to-face appointments have been on hold since lockdown began in March and the town wall has implemented some extensive measures to ensure that the return of the service can be carried out safely and within the government guidance.

Notices of marriage can only be provided by appointment only. Residents can request an appointment by emailing with a contact number.

A member of staff will then call residents who have emailed to book them an appointment.

Only Wirral residents should attend. If both members of the couple live in Wirral, then both people will need to attend the appointment. If only one lives in Wirral, then only that person should attend.

Cllr Janette Williamson, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “Giving notice of marriage is an exciting time in a couple’s journey together and a crucial part in wedding planning.

"I wish all our couples the best for the next chapter of their lives together and just offer a reminder that measures will be in place at Birkenhead Town Hall to help keep everyone safe during the visit.”

Residents should ensure they have read about the safety measures in place at Birkenhead Town Hall before visiting. These include:

  • Protective desk screens and floor markings
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • A one-way system around the building
  • Separate marked entry and exit system - Entrance is at the front of the town hall and exit at Mortimer Street

Anybody showing signs of COVID-19 should not visit Birkenhead Town Hall.

Signs reiterating government guidance including social distancing and handwashing are placed around the building and hygiene procedures will be carried out involving both regular cleaning regimes throughout the day and a deep cleanse of the building.

Until weddings can safely resume, restrictions still limit how residents can get married. Registrars are currently only available for weddings at external (non-council) venues, whilst teams are still working to make the council buildings safe for weddings to be held.