Approval of premises for marriages and civil partnerships

Approval is needed to hold marriages and civil partnerships at your premises. The proprietor or trustee should apply to us for Permission.

A certificate will be issued showing the premises has been approved for the solemnisation of marriages and registration of civil partnerships in accordance with relevant legislation.

A licence is valid for five years and you should apply to renew within the remaining 12 months of the original licence.

Once an application has been approved, the holder must notify us of any change of circumstances including:

  • layout of the premises;
  • use of the premises;
  • name or full postal address of the premises;
  • description of the room or rooms in which the proceedings are to take place;
  • name or address of the holder of the approval; and
  • name, address or qualification of the responsible person

Approval of additional rooms is treated as a new application.



1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 the fee is £2,235 for a five year licence. 

Please note that the application fee is not refundable in the event your application is not successful. The application fee does not include the cost of adapting your premises or fire risk assessments.



You can read the full policy relating to the approval of a venue for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies. 



You can find out more details regarding the legislation of approving a venue for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies.


Become an approved venue 

 If you are a business and would like to become an approved venue you should contact



The Council will provide an informal pre-application meeting with a senior member of Registration staff to assist and advise would-be applicants. This meeting is free of charge and does not commit the applicant to proceed.


Applications for approved venues 

Public notices in accordance with Section 26(1) (bb) of the Marriage Act 1949 and section 6 (3A) (a) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005 and Amendment Regulations 2022.


Current notices for approval of premises for the solemnization of marriages and formation of civil partnerships

No current notices