Book an appointment to register a birth and find out about registration and birth certificates. 

When and where to register a birth

You need to register your baby in order to obtain a birth certificate. You can then use this to claim Child Benefit and any other family-related benefits.

It is a statutory requirement that a birth must be registered within 42 days.

A birth should be registered in the district where it occurred. If the birth occurred within Bath and North East Somerset you should book a birth registration appointment at one of our Register Offices.

If you live outside of Bath and North East Somerset but your baby was born in this district, you may register the birth by declaration at any Register Office in England or Wales. In this case your baby's birth certificate will be sent to you in the post once we have received the declaration from the Register Office you attended.

For information about other Register Offices throughout England and Wales, please see find a register office on the GOV.UK website.

Naming Ceremonies

Why not welcome your new arrival with a day to remember, together with your family and friends? If you are interested in having a Naming Ceremony, please contact us on 01225 477234 or email

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