Premises approval for marriage or civil ceremonies

To hold a civil ceremony or wedding at premises in England or Wales, they must be approved.

Eligibility criteria

You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for permission to hold civil ceremonies or weddings.

The application must be in writing (including by electronic means) and include:

  • the name and address of the applicant
  • such other information as the local authority requires
  • a plan of the premises which clearly identifies the room or rooms in which the proceedings will occur

Conditions of licence

Conditions of Licence - Marriage and Civil Partnership Premises Approval (PDF 119kb)


Click here for a full list of licence fees

How to apply

You can now apply online.

Apply for approval of premises as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships

Tell us about a change to your existing circumstances

Tacit consent

If you have not heard from us within 2 months you can act as though your application has been granted.The start period runs from receipt of all documentation and payment of relevant fee.

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