The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005 enable premises approved by local authorities, such as hotels and stately homes, to be used for the solemnisation of civil marriages and the formation of Civil partnerships.
The application process is listed below along with guidance notes.
To apply for a Civil Marriage and Partnership licence, please complete the relevant form below. Fee information can be found at: Licence 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.
- Guidance to apply for a ceremony venue licence [PDF 90KB]
- Application for a ceremony venue licence [PDF 58KB]
To transfer or amend existing approvals please complete the appropriate form. Fees can be found at Licence fees.
- Variation application for a ceremony venue licence [PDF 32KB]
- Transfer request for a ceremony venue licence [PDF 40KB]
Please forward the completed application to us by post or email. Email applications must include a contact telephone number for a member of our team to contact you to make payment.
- Username Ceremony Coordinator
- Email email@example.com
- Telephone 01422 288080
The Register Office
Payment can be made by cheque, payable to CMBC, or debit or credit card.
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: Licence fees.
Under no circumstances can marriages or civil partnership proceedings take place in a building where the approval has expired or been revoked.
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 the conditions and responsibilities cannot be fulfilled.
The Registrar General may direct the Council to revoke an approval if, in their 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 is the responsibility of the approval holder to notify any parties, who have made arrangements to marry, that the marriages can no longer take place in their building.
Public Register of Approved Venues
You can view the Public Register of Approved Venues [PDF 142KB].
Religious premises wanting to be registered for marriage or civil partnership ceremonies should contact the Register Office
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.