Registering a Death

A death should normally be registered within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. See Part 3 of this guide for more information.

You need to make an appointment to register a death. In Devon please phone 0345 155 1002 and in Somerset please phone 01823 282251 in order to do so.

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    Who can register a death?

    It is preferable for a relative of the deceased to register the death. If a relative is not available, then the following people can register the death:

    • Someone present at the death
    • The occupier of the house where the death occurred or an administrator of the hospital
    • The person making arrangements with the funeral directors.
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    Where can I register a death?

    You can register the death at the registration office which is most convenient for you, however it is recommended that the death is registered in the district in which it took place. There are 10 registration offices in the Devon area.

Registration Offices

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    Devon Register Office
    Newton Abbot

    Address: Devon Register Office
    Old Forde House
    Brunel Road
    Newton Abbot
    TQ12 4XX

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    East Devon Registration Office
    Exmouth

    Address: East Devon Registration Office
    Town Hall
    St Andrews Road
    Exmouth
    EX8 1AW

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    East Devon Registration Office
    Honiton

    Address: East Devon Registration Office
    East Devon Business Centre
    Heathpark Way
    Heathpark
    Honiton
    EX14 1SF

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    Exeter Registration Office
    Exeter

    Address: Larkbeare House
    Topsham Road
    Exeter
    EX2 4NG

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    Mid Devon Registration Office
    Tiverton

    Address: Mid Devon Registration Office
    Old Heathcoat School Community Centre
    King Street
    Tiverton
    EX16 5JJ

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    North Devon Registration Office
    Barnstaple

    Address: North Devon Registration Office
    Taw View
    Barnstaple
    EX31 1EE

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    South Hams Registration Office
    Totnes

    Address: South Hams Registration Office
    Follaton House
    Plymouth Road
    Totnes
    TQ9 5NE

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    Torridge Registration Office
    Bideford

    Address: Torridge Registration Office
    Caddsdown Business Support Centre
    Farm Road
    Bideford
    EX39 3DX

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    West Devon Registration Office
    Okehampton

    Address: West Devon Registration Office
    Okehampton Town Council Offices
    Fore Street
    Okehampton
    EX20 1AA

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    West Devon Registration Office
    Tavistock

    Address: West Devon Registration Office
    Alexander Centre
    62 Plymouth Road
    Tavistock
    PL19 8BU

Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council have their own responsibility for registration services.

Somerset Registrars

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    Contact Somerset Register Office (Taunton)

    The Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street
    Taunton
    TA1 4AQ
    Email somersetregistrations@somerset.gov.uk
    Phone 01823 282251
    Fax 01823 351173
    Opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm

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    Contact Chard Registration Office

    Address Holyrood Lace Mill
    Holyrood Street, Chard
    TA20 2YA
    Email somersetregistrations@somerset.gov.uk
    Phone 01823 282251
    Opening hours Tuesday and Thursday 9.15am to 4.30pm

Registration

Special Circumstances

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01404 44646

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday:
10am - 4pm.  Tel: 01404 44646

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Layzell Funeral Services
The Old Court,
Dowell St
Honiton EX14 1LZ
Tel: 01404 44646

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