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Approval of premises and certifying buildings for religious worship and marriage

  • You need a marriage and civil partnership premise licence to hold civil ceremonies in your hotel or civil venue
  • You also need to have  your building certified if you wish to use it for religious worship and/or register the building for the solemnisation of marriages or civil partnerships

Apply for an approval of premises licence for your civil venue

If this is your first time applying for approval of your premises, please ring the superintendent registrar on 01253 477167. She will have an informal chat with you, arrange to see your premises and talk you through the process before you apply in an official capacity.

  • You can then decide if you want to submit your paperwork directly to the Superintendent Registrar. Once you have completed the form and attached all relevant supporting documents and full payment, please return it to:

    The Superintendent Registrar
    Registration Service
    Blackpool Council
    Municipal Buildings
    Corporation Street
    FY1 1GB

    Cheques are payable to Blackpool Council.

  • Or you can choose to complete the process electronically by clicking on the green button below. Further information can also be found here without committing to applying yet.

Licences are normally granted within three months of when you make your application.

Approval of premises fees

Approval of premises fees from 1 April 2019
Application fee
Up to 2 rooms £1,200
Each additional room    £310
Additional rooms after initial approval or changed configuration    £700
One off approval for naming or renewal of vows ceremony    £285
Renewal certificate
Existing rooms    £730
If renewal involves an additional room to those on existing certificate (additional cost added to the existing rooms)    £330
Review of proper officer's decision to refuse an application    £700

Certify a building for worship and marriage

Find out how to certify a building for religious worship and register it for the solemnisation of marriage.

Certification for religious worship and registration for marriage

Fees from 1 April 2019
Certification of a place or meeting for religious worship   £29
Registration of a building for the solemnisation of marriages £123

Civil Partnerships in religious buildings

Fees from 1 April 2019
Type  Fee
Registration of a building for the solemnisation of civil partnerships   £123