Getting started : Overview

All households should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you've responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can contact us to let us know.

What if I'm away or abroad on Census Day?

If there's someone staying or living in your home and they're filling in the household form, they should include you there.

If there's no one at home, please fill it in as soon as you get back. You can also use your access code to complete online while you're away.

If you're away from the UK on this date, for less than 12 months, you should still be counted in the census. You should be included on the form at your permanent or family address.

I don't have my access code with me

If you have a UK mobile number you can order a new access code for your address. We will send your code by text.

If you don't have a UK mobile number you can contact us for help.

The census should take you about 10 minutes for the Household questions and 10 minutes per person.

You can choose to either:

Important information:

If you live in Wales, you can complete the census in Welsh or English.