Book an appointment to register a death

Changes to Registration Services

From Wednesday 1 April all Registration of Death appointments will be by telephone.

We are taking action to maintain services and prioritise key areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

However in line with government advice on social distancing, we have made some changes to our services. 

If you (or anyone in your household) is showing any symptoms including a fever and/or a continuous cough, please do not visit Brighton Town Hall

Service updates

  • All registrations of deaths will be completed via pre-booked telephone appointments from Wednesday 1 April until further notice
  • A death that has not been referred to the coroner should be registered where possible, within 5 days of the date of death
  • It is also helpful if you have chosen  a funeral director and know where burial or cremation will take place before registering a death. This is not essential for the registration to be carried out but it helps us process the registration when all the information is provided at one time.  

Our registrars are here to help you and we'll do all we can to help guide you through the appointment. 

At the current time, obtaining a Medical Cause of Death Certificate and/or Coroner Confirmation is likely to take longer than usual.   

Who can register a death

Where possible a death should be registered by a relative of the person who has died, but other people who can register include:

  • A person present at the death
  • The owner or manager of the residential home where the death occurred
  • The person responsible for organising the funeral
  • The Funeral Director - with agreement from the deceased’s family

Where to register a death

The death must be registered at the local register office in the registration district where the death occurred. For deaths in Brighton & Hove during the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be via a telephone appointment.

You can book an appointment to register a death online or phone 01273 292 016.

Registration is free. You can buy a copy of the death certificate at registration for £11. We will endeavour to post certificates as soon as possible, however, due to service changes, there may be a delay to dispatch. There may also be postal delays in some areas due to the pandemic.

If the person died outside Brighton & Hove

The death will need to be registered at the local register office where the death occurred.

Find a register office in England or Wales

Find out what to do when someone dies abroad.

What you’ll need to register the death

Emergency legislation has allowed Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to be emailed directly from a medical practitioner to the Registration Service.

If the medical practitioner has already handed you the Medical Cause of Death Certificate, please drop it in to the letter box at Brighton Town Hall. This must be done before the time of your appointment. 

If the Coroner’s office is involved, for example if the death was sudden or unexpected, they will advise you of what you need to do to register.

During the telephone appointment, we’ll ask you for information about the person who has died:

  • the date and place of the death
  • their full name (and any names they have previously been known by)
  • their date and place of birth
  • their occupation (and if applicable the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)
  • their usual address
  • if the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their surviving spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were receiving a pension from public funds
  • their medical card

It will help us to register the death if you have access, during the appointment, to some documents relating to the person who has died, but we can still register without them.

  • passport
  • proof of address (council tax bill or utilities bill)
  • if applicable their marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • birth certificate
  • if applicable any name change documents such as name deed/deed pol

It would also be helpful if you have access to the following documents relating to yourself:

  • proof of address (council tax or utilities bill)

Adult Social Care

If the person who has died had any involvement with Adult Social Care, it is important to inform them of the death as soon as possible.

What we will give you

When the death has been registered we will electronically transfer the green certificate for burial or cremation to the relevant authority who will be managing the burial or cremation. In some cases this will be issued by the Coroner.

You can buy copies of the death certificate for £11 each. These will be needed for notifying banks, insurance, probate and other services. We will endeavour to post certificates as soon as possible however, due to service changes there may be a delay