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Registering a civil partnership in the Netherlands

Do you want to form a civil partnership? If so, you must first notify the municipality. You must do this at least 2 weeks and a maximum of 1 year before you want to form the civil partnership.

The registration of a civil partnership is subject to a number of conditions (in Dutch), such as: 

  • you must be at least 18 years of age; 
  • you cannot enter into a civil partnership with someone who is already married or in a civil partnership
  • you cannot be related to one other, e.g. grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or sibling. 

Do you want to enter a civil partnership in the Netherlands with a foreign citizen? There are other conditions that must be met.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Municipality of Zutphen: Registering a civil partnership

You make a number of choices when planning and registering your intention to enter a civil partnership. These choices relate to the type of ceremony and the venue. The costs depend on your wishes and the possibilities in the municipality of Zutphen.


The ceremony is the official part of entering your civil partnership. You can choose from:

  • no ceremony (free of charge);
  • simple ceremony;
  • elaborate ceremony.

If you choose an elaborate ceremony, you can choose who leads the ceremony. You can choose from:

  • wedding registrar from the municipality;
  • family member or acquaintance.

If you choose a wedding registrar from the municipality, a registrar from the municipality of Zutphen will contact you a few weeks before the planned date to introduce themselves and find out more about you and your partner.

Do you want a family member or someone you know to conduct the ceremony? If so, you must fill in an application form (pdf, 68 kB, in Dutch), at least 12 weeks before the daty you enter your civil partnership.

Location of the ceremony

You can hold the ceremony to enter your civil partnership at various locations in the municipality of Zutphen. You can choose from:

  • a municipal building;
  • a location of your own choice.

Registering an intended civil partnership

You register your intended civil partnership with the municipality in which you wish to enter the civil partnership. Provide the details of yourself, your partner and your witnesses. This can be done up to 2 weeks before the ceremony date. You can do it online, using your DigiD.

Do neither of you have Dutch nationality or were you both born outside the Netherlands? Then contact the municipality in time. Call 14 0575 (from the Netherlands) or +31 575 58 70 00 (from abroad).

Costs ceremony and location

In a meetingroom in city hall ('s Gravenhof 2):

  • Monday mornings at 9:00 am and 9:30 am: free.
    Bride and groom and witnesses only. The municipality appoints a civil registrar.
  • Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.: €103.40.
    Next to the bridal couple: a maximum of 10 guests (including witnesses and children). 
    The municipality appoints a civil registrar.

Ceremony in the old city hall ('s Gravenhof 1):

Day10.00 am - 5.00 pm9.00 am - 5.00 pm5.00 - 8.00 pm10.00 am - 3.00 pmother times
Monday€377,70 €823,40 €1.354
Tuesday€377,70 €823,40 €1.354
Wednesday €377,70€823,40 €1.354
Thursday €377,70€823,40 €1.354
Friday €377,70€823,40 €1.354
Saterday   €823,40€1.354
Sunday or public holiday   €1.016,90€1.354

Ceremony on a location of your own choice (like a restaurant, café or your own home):

  • Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.: €315.15
  • Monday to Friday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.: €391.80
  • Saturday between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: €391.80
  • Sundays and public holidays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: €453.10
  • Other times: €712.25


  • Copy of the marriage certificate: €14.30
  • Basic marriage booklet/partnership booklet: €27.75
  • Luxury marriage booklet/partnership booklet: €29.75

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Zutphen

Visiting address

's Gravenhof 2

7201DN Zutphen

Opening hours
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Last updated on 21 September 2022