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Registering and celebrating a partnership

This procedure provides practical information about celebrating a civil partnership. The registration details are determined in agreement with the civil registry office during the preliminary procedure.

Horaires de l'état civil: de 8h30 à 11h45 et de 13h à 16h

The preliminary procedure can take several weeks or several months (in particular if foreign documents need to be legalised). Consequently, the partners are advised not to set a date to celebrate the registration of their partnership before completing the preliminary procedure. The registry office declines, in advance, all liability for costs resulting from the cancellation or postponement of the celebration. 

When can the partnership be celebrated?

The celebration cannot be held on Sundays or public holidays.

If the partnership is registered in the City of Geneva, the celebration can be held Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., as well as on the following Saturday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.:


  • 19 September               
  • 10 October         
  • 7 November                  
  • 5 December         


  • 16 January           
  • 6 February             
  • 13 March                         
  • 17 April                           
  • 8 May                           
  • 12 June                          
  • 3 July                         
  • 28 August                        
  • 18 September               
  • 16 October         
  • 13 November                  
  • 4 December                  

What is the fee?

  • CHF 75 for the celebration during opening hours or CHF 650 for a celebration in one of the two specific celebration venues;
  • CHF 50 for the partnership certificate + a case;
  • CHF 30 for the partnership deed.

Where can the ceremony be held to conclude the partnership?

The partnership is concluded in the banquet hall in the district of the civil registry office chosen. In the City of Geneva, this is located in the former town hall of the municipality of les Eaux-Vives, which now houses the civil registry office. An Internet connection (WiFi or cable) is, in principle, available in the banquet hall.

The partners can also apply to hold the celebration in one of our two specific celebration venues made available by the City of Geneva.

If it is held in a different Swiss municipality from that where the preliminary procedure was completed, an authorisation to celebrate the partnership will be issued (fee: CHF 30).  

What to do?

Registering the partnership is a public formality. 

The civil registrar receives the declaration of intention of the two partners two conclude a partnership and has them sign the partnership deed. 

At the end of the ceremony, the couple receives – upon request – a partnership certificate or a partnership deed.


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Article modifié le 22.09.2020 à 05:49