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Become an approved wedding and civil partnership venue

Please read the information on this page before submitting your new or renewal application.

Renew or amend your venue licence

If you are already licensed as a wedding/civil partnership venue, you can renew your licence online if your current licence expires within 12 months.

You can also notify us of changes to the responsible person, licence holder and request adding rooms to your licence online.

Applications are made using the online form. You can pay by debit/credit card or ask for an invoice to be sent to you.

Renew or amend your licence

New applications

Please contact us before applying – email ceremony.venuelicence@norfolk.gov.uk or phone 01603 222239.

We can arrange a visit to your premises venue before you submit the application.  During the visit we can advise on which rooms could be licensed, holding outdoor ceremonies, what to expect when holding a civil ceremony at your venue and any other questions you may have.

Eligibility

To hold a marriage ceremony or civil partnership at a venue in Norfolk the venue must be licensed by Norfolk County Council.  To apply for a licence, you must be the proprietor or a trustee of the venue.

The application must include:

  • The name and address of the applicant and responsible person
  • Floor plans with the ceremony locations clearly identified
  • A copy of the current Fire Risk Assessment that complies with the Fire Safety Order 2005.  The risk assessment must be dated within one calendar year.

How much does it cost?

  • Three year licence - £1,810
  • Five year licence - £2,600

Licences cover two rooms/locations.  Any additional rooms/locations will cost £150 each.

How to apply

Applications are made using the online form. You can pay by debit/credit card or ask for an invoice to be sent to you.

Apply online

If you have difficulties completing online forms then contact us for a physical copy.

After an application has been made

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

A public notice of the application will be placed on this website for 21 days as part of a public consultation process.

You may require a Public Entertainment or other licence from the District Council wherein the premises reside.  You will need to contact the District Council to ascertain any requirements they might have.

The Fire Service will visit the venue and inspect your risk assessment, and approve this or make recommendations where necessary.

Please note - conditions may be imposed on your licence approval.

We will email the grant of approval (licence) and other documents to you upon approval.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will not apply.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.  Contact us if you have not heard from us within a reasonable period.

Application redress

You have the right to seek a review of our refusal of your application and the right to seek a review of our imposition of conditions, refusal to renew, or revocation of approval.

You must deliver your request for review to the Proper Officer for the Registration and Ceremony Service at: Bay 15, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH or by email to ceremony.venuelicence@norfolk.gov.uk.

Public objection to an application

If you object to an application for premises approval you may give notice to the Proper Officer for the Registration and Ceremony Service, Bay 15, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH or by email to ceremony.venuelicence@norfolk.gov.uk within 21 days of the notice of application appearing on this website. 

Public complaint with a licensed venue

If you have a complaint you should contact the venue first, preferably by letter with proof of delivery.

If that has not worked and you live in the UK, the Citizens Advice website can give you advice.  From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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