When you need a licence

You must have a civil partnership or marriage venue licence (premises approval) if you want to hold a:

  • marriage or civil partnership ceremony in a non-religious venue
  • civil partnership ceremony in a religious venue.

Marriages can be either between a man and a women or between two people of the same sex. A civil partnership can only be between two people of the same sex.

Qualifying criteria

Your venue must be:

  • appropriate for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, for example, a hotel, stately home or civic building
  • a permanent structure (for instance not a tent or marquee)
  • readily available for weddings and civil partnerships (for instance not a one-off ceremony, also not a home or place of business)
  • non-religious and with no religious connection (for instance no religious symbols/furniture, or stained glass windows showing a religious scene) unless you're applying for a civil partnership ceremony
  • freely accessible to the public so that anyone can attend the service or make objections.

Some venues may need planning approval to hold weddings and civil partnerships. Before applying, please check with the planning department that your premises has the correct approval - email planningapps@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

How to get a licence

You can apply online (Gov.UK) or by postal application.

Online application

Apply for a civil partnership or marriage venue licence (secular)

Apply for a civil partnership venue licence (religious)

Postal application

Download the civil partnership or marriage venue licensing application form and guidance notes (secular and religious premises)

Send the completed form together with the licence fee to the address on the form.

Fees

The fee depends on the permitted capacity of the parts of the premises to be approved. If you are applying for more than one room, the fee is based on the total capacity of the rooms to be approved.

Marriage or civil partnership venue licence fees
Number of people Fee
Less than 150 £1376.96
150 to 400 £1668.50
More than 400 £2139.37

There is a reduction of 20 per cent on all fees if the premises are already licensed under a Licensing Act 2003 Premises Licence.

It costs £107.04 to change or modify a licence.

What happens next

Once we're received your application, we'll post it on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website. There will be a 21 day consultation period.

We will also inspect your venue.

If granted, a licence lasts for five years.

Renew a licence

Renew your civil marriage and partnership venue licence

Once you've got your licence

You can change or modify your wedding or civil partnership venue licence online, for example, if you want to add an extra room in which ceremonies could take place.

Change or modify an existing civil partnership or marriage venue licence (secular premises) (Gov.UK)

Change or modify an existing civil partnership venue licence (religious premises) (Gov.UK)