If you are the owner or manager of a hotel, stately home or other sought after venue, you are able to apply for a licence to host civil ceremonies.

A civil ceremony licence enables venues to host civil marriages, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies.

Along with promotion on our own website, you also have the opportunity to promote your venue in our Wonderful Warwickshire Weddings brochure.

Eligibility criteria

  • The venue must be dignified and seemly with a suitable room for ceremonies.
  • The venue must be a permanent immovable structure which satisfies planning, health and safety and fire regulations.
  • The venue must be open to the public with no religious connections.

Please refer to the terms and conditions for further information. We reserve the right to apply any special conditions during the licensing process. 

New venues

If your venue has not had a licence before, we will need to conduct a preliminary visit to assess the suitability, discuss what is involved and the licensing process.

There is a non-refundable fee of £100 for this visit which will be deducted from the licence fee when you submit your application. The fee for a 3-year licence is £1,900.

For further information and to arrange a visit please contact the Venue Licensing Manager on 01926 413725 or email [email protected].

Application process

The licensing process can take three to six months and sometimes longer, subject to objections. 

The licensing process involves us liaising with your local borough or district council's planning and environmental health departments and a Warwickshire County Council Fire Officer. There is a statutory public objection period of 21 days. 

Licenses are not automatically granted and must be processed by the Licensing Manager.

You will be invited to renew the licence 12 months prior to a current licence expiring.

Applying for and renewing a licence

Applications should be made online by clicking the button below.

Apply or renew online

Supporting documents can be uploaded with your application form, or sent separately by post or email. 

Change of circumstance

If there are any changes to the owner of the venue or responsible persons please inform the Licensing Manager so your license can be updated accordingly.

Review of a decision

If your application has been rejected you have the right to seek a review of the decision. Please contact the Licensing Manager.

Pending licence applications

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