There is a non-returnable fee for this application which must be submitted with the application to the Proper Officer for registration matters at:
The Register Office
The application must be made by the proprietor or trustee of the premises. When made on behalf of a limited company there should be a separate statement of the names and addresses of all the directors.
The premises must fulfil the following standard requirements in Schedule 1 of the Regulations:
- having regard to their primary use, situation, construction and state of repair, the premises must, in the opinion of the authority, be a seemly and dignified venue
- the premises must be regularly available to the public for use for the solemnisation of marriages and formation of civil partnerships
- the premises must have the benefit of such fire precautions as may reasonably be required by the authority, having consulted with the fire authority, and such other reasonable provision for the health and safety of people employed in or visiting the premises as the authority considers appropriate
- the premises must have no recent or continuing connection with any religion, religious practice or religious persuasion which would be incompatible with the use of the premises for the solemnisation of marriages in pursuance of section 26 (1)(bb) of the Act
- the room or rooms in which ceremonies of marriage will be solemnised if approval is granted must be identifiable by description as a distinct part of the premises
The premises must also fulfil the following requirement set by the authority:
- that a room other than the marriage and civil partnership room be made available as a pre-marriage room
In considering the suitability of premises as a venue the local authority will act in line with guidance from the Registrar General.