Structural work is needed at York Register Office to ensure it stays intact.
The weight of thousands of records of births, marriages and deaths in the first floor office is putting a strain on the Bootham building.
And now measures are needed to reinforce the floor, which was replaced in 2003.
“This recent floor is supported on steel angles resin anchored to the walls,” planning documents state.
“However, as the number of registers increases every year unfortunately this floor will no longer take the load.”
City of York Council, which runs the register office, is proposing structural reinforcements, involving new steel brackets secured in concrete and support beams.
The plans would also see new mobile shelving units installed, capable of storing many more records.
In the same planning application, permission is being sought to refurbish the toilets, which “are looking dated and are no longer acceptable for a wedding venue”.
Documents state: “Above works will have minimum impact architectural or historic importance of the building.
“The physical features of the building will remain unaltered. The building’s setting will remain unaltered.”
You can see the planning application here.