How to license a venue for ceremonies

Do you have a venue that would be suitable for a celebratory ceremony?

Is your venue secular in nature, of a permanent construction and regularly available to the public for celebratory ceremonies?

Would you like to apply for a license and join our list of approved venues for wedding, civil partnership, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies?

The legal requirements

  • the venue must be a permanent structure comprising at least a room or any boat or other vessel which is permanently moored (please note any premises outside this definition such as the open air, a tent, marquee or any other temporary structure would not be eligible for approval)
  • the premises must be a seemly and dignified venue for the proceedings
  • the venue must not be religious premises
  • the premises must be regularly available to the public
  • the minimum number of rooms should be two (one for the ceremony and one for confidential interviewing purposes)
  • the minimum room size should allow 10 occupants
  • the location of ceremony room should be close to or easily approached from main entrance to building
  • the premises must have public liability insurance and a current fire risk assessment:
    In accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment must be completed for the premises. This risk assessment must take account of the intended use of the premises for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies and confirm that appropriate fire safety arrangements are in place. In particular, it should confirm the maximum number of persons that may be present in the premises during a ceremony.

For further information please contact us on (01273) 294681

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for your premises to become an approved venue please contact us on (01273) 294681. We will send you an information pack with an application form.
The application form should then be returned to us with three copies of plans of the proposed venue, a copy of your public liablity insurance policy, the premises current fire risk assessment and relevant fees.
We will then arrange to carry out a formal inspection and place a statutory public notice in the local press.
Twenty one days after the notice has been placed if we have received no objections to the licensing of your venue, your venue will become approved.

Or you can download an application form by clicking this link.

How much does it cost?


The license runs for three years from the date of approval.

Please contact us for further information on (01273) 292016

Public notices for renewal of approved venue license

These are the current applications we have received for licences to be approved venues for civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies