Plymouth’s Register Office will remain in Lockyer Street for the time-being and get a makeover while the search continues for a suitable new site.
The Council plans to invest £190,000 in structural repairs to the building over the period of three years.
A delegated decision has been signed this week authorising officers to look at a medium-term investment in the building as well as progress further detailed work to find an alternative city centre location.
Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Transformation said: “We are still looking for the right place for this incredibly important service. We need to get this right for people who use it at critical moments in their lives.”
The Council has been looking at a number of its buildings as part of modernising the service over a number of years but none of them have been completely suitable
A number of other changes designed to make it easier for people to access the Registration Service have been successfully rolled out.
Registration staff are also based at the Coroner’s Office close to the hospital in Derriford and appointments can be made to register deaths there. An online service for certificate copies was set up and now 65 per cent of customers looking for copies of birth deaths or marriage certificates go online.
The site will remain as a redevelopment opportunity on the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.
Ceremonies are booked up to a year in advance and any works will be programmed in to minimise disruption to customers.