Register a death

Register a death

Dealing with the death of someone you care for is a difficult time. We aim to make it as easy as possible and our staff will help guide you through the process.  

A death must be registered before any funeral can take place. It must be registered within five days in the district in which it took place. 
It’s free to register a death and you can book an appointment online.  

The registration will take place at: 
East Ham Community Neighbourhood Centre 
First Floor 
328 Barking Road 
East Ham 
E6 2RT 

Book an appointment to register a death

We do also offer a limited service at weekends and on public holidays for emergency burials. 

Unable to get to the register office in East Ham 

If the death happened in Newham, but you can't get to East Ham Community Neighbourhood Centre , you can register the death at your local register office (as long as it is in England or Wales). However, it will take longer to issue the death certificate this way and could delay the funeral. 

Who can register a death 

This is usually done by a relative but the following people can also register a death: 

  • A person present at the death 

  • A person who lived at the same address – if they are aware of the death  

  • The person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director). 

If English is not the first language of the person registering the death they can ask a friend or relative to come with them to the register office.  

If you are arranging a funeral you can apply for specialist parking permits for funerals.