Approval of Premises for Marriages and Civil Partnerships
The following information explains how the proprietor or trustee of a venue can apply for their premises to be approved as a venue for marriage and civil partnership and for the renewal of the same.
The legislation that allows premises to be approved as a venue for marriages is Section 26 (1)(bb) of The Marriage Act 1949.
Click on the Office of Public Sector Information link below to view The Marriage Act 1949.
The legislation that allows premises to be approved as a venue for civil partnership is Section 6 (3A)(a) of The Civil Partnership Act 2004.
Click on the Office of Public Sector Information link below to view The Civil Partnership Act 2004.
An application is deemed to be complete when:
Once completed, the online application form will be forwarded to:
- all the information has been filled in on the form
- the accompanying documents have been attached (either online or physically) to the application
- payment has been received
The Superintendent Registrar
Each application will be assessed on its own merits and will either be approved, refused or put on hold pending further enquiries. The timescale for an outcome is 90 working days.
Before approval is granted
- the premises will be inspected for suitability
- the accompanying documents will be scrutinised
- public notice of the application will be given by advertisement in a newspaper with a period of three weeks for objections
- any objections will be examined and further inspections may be carried out
How to apply
Ensure you read all of the information contained in the Guidance Notes, Qualifying Criteria, Conditions Attached To Grants Of Approval and After The Grant of Approval sections on the right and please check the current Fees before completing the form and making payment.
- You can apply online by clicking on the Forms heading on the right. Use the online form for both a new application and a renewal application.
- If you would prefer to apply in writing, telephone our office for an application form. All of the guidance information is the same whether you apply online or in writing, but where reference is made to attaching documents and making a payment online, these documents would need to be posted to the register office with the application.
The application fees for approving a venue for marriage or civil partnership for a period of three years can be found under Publications on the right. All of the fees are fixed and non-refundable and are subject to change on the 1st April of each year.
If you are unhappy with the way your application has been dealt with, you can write to The Superintendent Registrar at the address on the right. You will receive a full written response within 10 working days.
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