You must complete the census by law or you could be fined up to £1,000
Some questions are labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.
The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
Everyone must complete the census and provide accurate information. It helps decide how services are funded in your area.
What we do with your personal information, how we keep it safe, and how we will contact or visit you.
Help with the census
If you don’t have an access code
You can request a new access code to start a new census if you have lost or not received an access code.
If you need to answer separately from the people you live with, you can request an individual access code to start a separate census.
Someone in your household must still complete a census using a household access code
If you want to fill out a paper census
You can request a paper census questionnaire to be sent in the post.
If you already have a household paper questionnaire and there are more than 5 people in your household, you will need to request a continuation questionnaire.
Support and guidance
Guidance about the census translated into other languages
- Accessible formats and guidance
Guidance in large print, easy read, Braille, and videos with BSL, audio and subtitles
- Types of household or accommodation
Guidance to complete the census for different households, including students, boats and second homes
- Find a census support centre
Get help to complete your online census at one of our support centres
Get in touch
If you need further help with your census, contact us.