Civil marriage and partnership venue licence
Civil marriage and partnership venue licence application
The application form must be completed by the proprietor / trustee who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the conditions and instructions.
You can apply and pay for this licence online via UK Welcomes, part of the EUGO network.
- Use of building for civil marriages and civil partnerships application|
- Vary approval of use of building for civil marriages and partnerships|
A non-refundable fee is payable with the application for approval of the building. See Discretionary fees. The fee covers the inspection of the building, the publication of the application, the administrative costs in processing the application and the issue of the licence.
What happens next?
- Inspection of building
The premises will be inspected by officers of the Council and the Register Office to ensure that the premises are suitable and comply with all necessary requirements. Further interim inspections may be carried out at any time should an approval be granted.
- Publication of application
The particulars of any application for an approval will be published on the Council's website for any local objections during the statutory period of 21 days.
- Issuing an approval
When the statutory period has elapsed, subject to there being no unresolved objections and all other matters being settled the Council will issue an approval in respect of the building.
The approval will be valid for three years from the date of issue.
Renewing an approval
If the Holder of the Approval wishes to renew the Approval at the end of three years, the Holder must apply for a renewal no more than twelve months before the current Approval expires.
Fresh fees are payable for re-inspection of the building and the issuing of a renewed Approval. See Discretionary fees.
Under no circumstances can marriages or civil partnership proceedings take place in a building where the Approval has expired or been revoked.
A complaints procedure is operated by the Council for use by the general public. All complaints will be investigated in accordance with the Council's complaints procedure.
Revoking an approval
The Council reserves the right to revoke an Approval at any time where the Holder of the Approval fails to comply with any of the conditions and responsibilities which apply to the obtaining of the Approval, or if the use or structure of the premises has changed so that any of those conditions or requirements cannot be fulfilled. The Registrar General may direct the Council to revoke an approval if, in his opinion, there have been breaches of the law relating to marriage/civil partnership proceedings or the approved premises.
Surrendering an approval
The Holder of the Approval can, at any time, surrender an Approval. The Approval will be revoked as soon as is practicable. It will be the responsibility of the Approval Holder to notify any / or parties who have made arrangements to marry that their marriages can no longer take place in the said building.