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Legal requirements


Registering a death

You are legally required to register a death. A death should normally be registered within five days unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. You need to register a death to obtain documents for the funeral director and for dealing with the deceased’s estate.  For further information please visit our register a death page.

Legal advice

If you are having any difficulty in dealing with the deceased’s property, possessions or guardianship of their children, get advice from a solicitor or contact the Citizens Advice Bureau a soon as possible. For contact details of the local branch and the national website visit our organisations that can help page.

Contact us

Registrars Office
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

Tel: 0191 433 3000
Email: registeroffice@gateshead.gov.uk

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 2 - 4.30pm