Decision details

Proposal for East Sussex County Council to charge new nationally set fees for Registration services

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The General Register Office are making changes to their statutory fees relating to the Registration Service. The Registration Service sets some discretionary fees of its own, which are approved by Full Council in February of each year. The remainder of the fees levied are set nationally by General Register Office and these change from time to time.


6.1       The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.




6.2       The Lead Member RESOLVED to:


1) Approve that East Sussex County Council charges fees for Registration services in line with legislation Regulation 5(1) of The Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Fees and Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2024; and


2) Delegate authority to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport to approve any future changes in fees payable for Registration services in line with legislation.




6.3       The cost to East Sussex County Council of providing Registration services increases each year and many of the current statutory fees are now significantly out of line with the cost of providing these services.


6.4       For fairness and transparency reasons, customers who have already pre-paid for services, such as Certificates, Statutory Marriage/Civil Partnerships, and Notice appointments for their upcoming Marriage/Civil Partnerships, will not be asked to pay the difference in fees; so only new customer bookings and orders will be levied at the new statutory fee rates.

Report author: Steve Quayle

Publication date: 22/05/2024

Date of decision: 22/05/2024

Decided at meeting: 22/05/2024 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Effective from: 30/05/2024

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