Licence a premises to be able to hold marriages and civil partnerships
Find out how to licence your premises to be able to hold marriages and Civil Ceremonies.
You can find full details on the suitability of premises in the application pack. You should consider the following requirements before making your application:
To apply for a licence to hold marriages or civil partnerships at your premises, you must complete an application pack, which you can request from Registration Services – please see our contact information.
The cost will vary depending on how many rooms you would like to include. A standard application to licence 2 rooms costs £1,750 and runs for 3 years. Detailed information about costs are in the application pack.
Your completed application must be accompanied by a number of other documents, as well as scale plans of the building – with the areas for licensing clearly marked. In the pack there are full details of all the documentation needed.
When we receive your completed application, we will arrange for us and the Superintendent Registrar to visit you, along with Health and Safety and Fire representatives to discuss the suitability of your premises.
Your application must be advertised on our website with a statutory waiting period of 3 weeks to make sure there are no objections to the licence.
In most cases a licence is granted within 8 to 10 weeks of the application. But this can vary greatly between premises, depending on the findings of the Health and Safety and Fire representatives.
Rebecca Dawe, Business Support Supervisor – Certificates and Licencing, Somerset Registration Service, The Old Municipal Building, Corporation Street, Taunton, TA1 4AQ
Phone 01823 448912
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