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.

This is how it works for you

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Here is some information from your municipality.

Registering a civil partnership in the Netherlands

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 Rotterdam.


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

  • no ceremony (free of charge)
  • simple ceremony (€ 174.30)
  • elaborate ceremony (costs depend on chosen location)

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 Rotterdam 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 an someone you know to conduct the ceremony? If so, you must contact the municipality yourself.

Location of the ceremony

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

  • a municipal building
  • a location of your own choice

You inform the municipality about your chosen location when you register your intended civil partnership.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Rotterdam

Last updated on 21 September 2022