Become an approved wedding and civil partnership venue

How to apply

You can apply online for approval of premises for civil marriage and civil partnership on the GOV.uk website.

Or you can download the forms and return them to us after you have filled them in.

Eligibility

To hold a marriage ceremony or civil partnership at premises in England or Wales the venue must be licensed by your local authority.  You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the venue to apply for a licence to hold these ceremonies.

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

  • The name and address of the applicant and responsible person
  • A floor plan of the premises to be licensed, with the locations clearly identified
  • A copy of the current Fire Risk Assessment that complies with the Fire Safety Order 2005

How long does the approval last for?

Approval is for three or five years and can be renewed between 12 to three months before the expiry date.

How much does it cost?

A three year licence costs £1,650 or you can have a five year licence for £2,500. This covers two rooms/locations, any additional rooms/locations will cost £150 each.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed venue for civil ceremonies and would like a member of the business development team to visit your premises prior to submitting an application, please email us: ceremony.venuelicence@norfolk.gov.uk.

During the visit a member of the team will 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. The upfront fee of £50 for this visit will be deducted from the total amount payable for the licence.

Regulation summary

Download a full list of the regulations relating to the approved venue licence.

Application evaluation process

The Registrar General issues guidance for local authorities to assist them in making licensing decisions.

  • For the license to be granted your application must be submitted in the correct format together with the necessary plan and fire risk assessment, and following inspection your premises must be deemed suitable
  • Your application and plan will be made available to the public for inspection.  A public notice of the application will be placed on this website 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.
  • Representatives from Norfolk County Council will inspect the proposed premises for suitability.  For first applications they will be accompanied by a representative from the licensing section.
  • A representative from the Ceremony and Licensing Team will inspect the proposed premises for suitability
  • The Fire Service will inspect your risk assessment and approve this or make recommendations where necessary

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

Will tacit consent apply?

No, tacit consent will not apply.

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

Failed application redress

You have the right to seek a review of our refusal of your application.

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.

A fee has not been set for review.

Licence holder redress

You have 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.

A fee has not been set for review.

Consumer 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.

Other redress

If you object to an application for premises approval you may give notice 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 within 21 days of the notice of application appearing on this website.

Contacts

Email: ceremony.venuelicence@norfolk.gov.uk

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