Apply for a venue licence for marriages and civil partnerships

This licence will allow people to get married or hold a civil partnership at your venue.

To apply for a licence, the venue must be:

  • a permanent structure
  • open to the public
  • non-religious 

Ceremonies must take place in a designated ceremony room, not outside or in a temporary structure.

Licence terms and cost

The licence costs a non-refundable £1,800 and lasts for 3 years.

If you are applying for your first licence you can organise an informal information visit by a Senior Registrar for £75. This will enable the registrar to give you advice guidance on the approval requirements. The £75 fee will be removed from the cost of the licence if you decide to apply for it.

Information to submit

Your application must include:

  • a completed application form
  • 3 copies of your most recent Fire and Safety Risk Assessment
  • 3 copies of plans of your premises (scaled 1:200)
  • a cheque made payable to 'Suffolk County Council'
  • a seating plan to show the number of seats and their positions within each room
  • any other documents required in the application form
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Before you apply

You should read the guidance notes before completing your application:

Religious buildings

Find information about religious buildings wanting to obtain a license for marriage at GOV.UK.

Religious buildings can obtain a licence for civil partnerships by contacting the Licensing Officer, Lynn Flack on 01473 264 380 (open Tuesday to Thursday) or by email at

After you apply

Once we will receive your application we will:

  • issue you with a receipt
  • make an appointment to inspect the premises
  • ask Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to comment on your application
  • ask your local district or borough council to comment on your application

We will also place a notice in the local newspaper for your area with details of the application, stating a place where the plans can be inspected and notifying the public that they have 21 days to object to the application.

The time taken to process an application varies. We suggest you allow a minimum of 3 months.



Further information

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Flack: