Are you the owner or manager of a hotel, stately home or other sought after venue? Are you looking to increase business opportunities? Have you considered licensing your venue to host civil marriage and other celebratory ceremonies? Warwickshire Registration Service is responsible for licensing venues for the performance of civil ceremonies.
Warwickshire’s approved premises licence enables venues to host all civil ceremonies currently offered by Warwickshire Registration Service up to 7pm on the day, such as marriage, civil partnership, citizenship, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies.
What will I receive?
When your licence has been granted you will receive:
- A Warwickshire Registration Service Certificate of Approval for you to display at your venue;
- Professionally trained county council registration officers to conduct and register the marriage, and ensure the ceremony runs smoothly;
- Promotion of your venue and links to your website from our website.
If you have not had a civil ceremony licence before we offer a preliminary visit to your venue to assess the suitability and discuss how it works before an application is made.
There is a non-refundable fee of £100 for the initial suitability assessment. If the you then apply for a licence this will be treated as a deposit and deducted from the licence fee of £1900.
To hold a civil ceremony at premises in Warwickshire, the premise must be approved by us.
You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for permission to hold civil ceremonies.
The venue must:
- Be a permanent structure which fully satisfies planning, health, safety and fire regulations relating to use by the public;
- Have a suitable public and secular current use with no current connection with any religion, religious practice or persuasion;
- Be dignified and seemly to be capable of accommodating marriage parties and have a room for ceremonies that can be separated from other activities;
- Have to be available for regular use for ceremonies and have suitable arrangements for the safety of guests and staff.
Warwickshire County Council reserves the right to add any special conditions at any stage throughout the approval process.
How to Apply
Applications can be made online by clicking the below button. You will be able to submit supporting documents and pay the fee online.
How long will the process take and what do you do?
If all runs smoothly the process can take approximately 3-6 months, sometimes longer subject to objections.
Once you have submitted your application the licensing team
- Liaise with the fire and rescue service to ensure fire safety arrangements and maximum occupancy figures are satisfactory;
- Liaise with the planning authority to ensure any planning requirements are satisfied;
- Liaise with the environmental health authority to ensure any safety issues are satisfied;
- Place a public notice on the WCC website advising that your premises is seeking approval and offering the opportunity to object to the granting of a licence, allow a 21 day objection period, we will also investigate any objection raised.
Your application must be processed and approved by us before it can be granted. Licences are not automatically granted.
Renewing your licence
Existing licence holders will be contacted by the approved premises administrator 12 months before the expiry of their licence to be invited to renew. Renewal applications can be made online by clicking the below button
Change of circumstances
Please notify the approved premises administrator if there are any changes to your circumstances that may affect your licence, including updating your responsible persons listed on your approval certificate.
Complaints from applicants and licence holders
You have the right to seek a review of our imposition of conditions, refusal to renew or revocation of approval.
Complaints about licence holders
In the event of a complaint the first contact should be made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice guide link will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you wish to object to an application for premises approval you must give us notice within 21 days of the notice of application appearing in the local newspaper.
If you have a complaint, please contact our approved premises team
Approved venue licensing applications
Current applications will be displayed below: