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License a venue for a civil ceremony

To hold civil ceremonies in England or Wales, the premises must be approved by the local authority. You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for a licence to hold civil ceremonies.

Before making your application, please read the following information:

Fees

Fees for licensing of venues for civil partnerships.

Licensing of venues

Fee

New application (valid for 3 years)

£2,171

Renewal application (valid for 3 years)

£1,861

How to apply

Please use our Register Office enquiry form to let us know you would like to apply to license a venue for marriage and civil partnership.

Timescales

Upon receipt of your application and the fee, we will respond to you within 28 working days and arrange to carry out an inspection of the premises.

The whole process takes between 6 and 8 weeks to complete.

Public notices

In accordance with the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005, Bracknell Forest Council on behalf of the Registrar Generals Office is required to publicise all pending applications for Approved Venue Status.

The public notice consultation runs for 21 days from the date of the notice.

Current applications

There are no current applications.

Raising an objection

Members of the public wishing to object to an application should submit the reasons for their objection by email, within 21 days from the date of the notice, to the Proper Officer for the Bracknell Forest Registration Service.

At the end of the 21 days the notice will be removed and no longer subject to public objection for the purposes of an application.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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