License a venue
Do you have a house or building suitable for civil weddings or civil partnerships? If so, you could apply for a licence to allow these ceremonies to take place at your venue. This can be an excellent business opportunity. The process is easy; we can advise and help you.
Rooms must be available for public access during the time of the ceremony. Rooms must be a permanent structure with a roof; outdoor structures may be permitted dependent on location and suitability. Special licence conditions apply to ceremonies held in outdoor structures. Find out more about outside wedding ceremony requirements.
The fee covers the costs of the advertising and consultation process, you'll be invited to place details and photos of your venue on our website with a hyperlink to your site and a line entry into our ceremony brochure.
If you're interested, contact us and we'll be happy to visit you.
Before applying for your licence, read Application & renewal procedure for the approval of non-religious premises.
When you have read the document and think your venue is suitable apply and pay for your licence online. Alternatively you can contact us on 01296 382530 or by email at email@example.com, and we'll send you an application pack and an invoice for the fee.
Prior to applying for your licence, read Application & renewal procedure for the approval of religious premises.
Once you have read the documentation and think your venue is suitable apply and pay online. Alternatively you can contact us on 01296 382530 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll send you an application pack and an invoice for the fee.
Address for applications
Buckinghamshire Registration Service
Buckinghamshire HP20 1XF
You can include as many rooms as you wish, but please note if you add rooms before the licence has expired you'll have to apply again and pay the full fee.
When we receive your application we'll:
- issue you with a receipt
- place a notice on our 'Applications to licence a venue' webpage, giving details of the application, stating where the plans can be inspected and notifying the public they have 21 days to object to the application.
- make an appointment to inspect the premises
We will also need to be satisfied that:
- the fire assessment in place at the premises is suitable. We'll do that by sending a copy of the full application to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service for review
- health and safety policies and procedures are in place
- you have provided confirmation from the planning authority they are happy for ceremonies to take place
Once we are satisfied your premises meet the criteria and no objections have been received during the 21 day public notice period, a licence will be issued.