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Registering a death

Due to new legislation under the UK Emergency Coronavirus Act, all registrations of a death are now to be carried out remotely. This means that  there will be no face to face appointments to register a death until further notice. Instead, we'll guide you through the process over the phone. 

Your GP, hospital doctor or funeral director will be aware of the new procedure and will email all relevant documentation to

We will then get in touch you to give further information and to support you through the registration process. Our aim will be to contact you within 2-3 working days of being notified of a death. 

We appreciate this is an extremely difficult time. If you need more information email or phone Customer Services on 0141 577 3001, Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 4.45pm.

Burials are still taking place but, in line with Scottish Government Guidance, those planning to attend a burial should ensure:

If you go to a burial within any East Renfrewshire Council cemetery make sure to keep your distance from people outside your household or support bubble. 

Those who are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or self-isolating shouldn't go to the burial. 

The maximum number of people that can attend a service is 20.

If more than 20 people go or if social distancing isn't maintained, cemetery staff have the right to stop the burial process and ask those in attendance to leave. This number doesn't include the funeral director, venue staff or celebrant.

Please note, you may be asked to move at certain times of the service to keep your distance.

Registering a birth

Following Scottish Government guidelines, our registration service at our office on 211 Main Street, Barrhead, will open for high priority services by appointment. 

Birth registrations will be carried out on an appointment basis and we'll allocate appointments according to your child's date of birth using the following timetable.


Child born

Registration starting from

Before 31 March

29 June 2020

1 April to 30 April

6 July 2020

1 May to 31 May

27 July 2020

1 June to 30 June

17 August 2020

1 July to 31 July

7 September 2020

1 August onwards

28 September 2020

At the appointment you'll be asked to bring the Birth Registration Card that is issued by the hospital. 

If both parents are married, only one parent should attend and (if possible) bring along your marriage certificate. 

If the parents aren't married to each other, both parents need to attend the appointment.

How to make an appointment


Phone: 0141 577 3004

Registration of a stillbirth

Due to new legislation under the UK Emergency Coronavirus Act, all stillbirth registrations are now to be carried out remotely. This means that there will be no face to face appointments until further notice. 

Your midwife or hospital doctor will email a Medical Certificate of Cause of Still-birth (form 6) to us at

Please give them your contact details and ask them to include them with the certificate. 

If contact details aren't included with the form, please get in touch with us to start the registration process.

Marriages and civil partnerships

Marriage and Civil Partnerships ceremonies may now take place outside in Scotland.

If you've already postponed and changed your date don't contact us until 3 months before your new date.

If you wish to enquire about a ceremony in East Renfrewshire in the coming months email and a member of the Registration team will advise you.

Please note, we'll be following government instructions and adhering to social distancing during all ceremonies.

Members of 3 separate households, to a maximum number of 8 people, will be permitted to attend an outdoor wedding or civil partnership.

Rearranging your ceremony

If you have to postpone your ceremony and would like re-arrange for later this year, you don't need to fill out a new notice form or pay additional notice fees.

If you'd like to move to a date in 2021, you do need to fill out a fresh notice form, but you won't have to pay additional notice fees.

Last modified on 18th August 2020

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