Venues for Civil ceremonies

The impact of Coronavirus/Covid-19 on the Registration Service

For details on the effects on the Registration service please see the public alerts page

Once you have chosen a venue, contact the Regist er Office as soon as possible to make the appropriate arrangements. Customers are advised to make arrangements with the Register Office before making any final bookings with venues.

Wedding Open Days 2020

The Register Office will be attending the following wedding events to support our approved venues. Whether you are looking for your venue for your wedding or already have it booked, these events are an opportunity to meet us and ask us any questions about how wedding ceremonies work and see what the venue looks like ready for a wedding.

  • Walworth Castle – Tuesday, 3rd – 5.00pm to 8.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange – Thursday, 26th - 6.00 to 7.30pm
  • Redworth Hall – Sunday, 29th – 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
  • Rockliffe Hall – Sunday, 5th – 1.00 to 4.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange - Thursday, 30th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 14th May – 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange Thursday, 28th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Walworth Castle – Tuesday, 6th – 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange Thursday, 25th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Rockliffe Hall – Thursday, 23rd July – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Blackwell Grange - Thursday, 30th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm

Blackwell Grange Thursday, 27th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm

  • Rockliffe Hall – Sunday, 13th September – 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange – Thursday, 24th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Walworth Castle – Tuesday, 6th – 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange Thursday, 29th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Register Office Open Day - Saturday, 7th 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Blackwell Grange – Thursday, 26th – 6.00 pm to 7.30pm

No Blackwell Grange this month

Becoming an approved venue for marriages and civil partnerships

Becoming an approved venue can be a way of generating income for your business and making your venue available for an event which is one of the most important in someone’s life.

Most buildings can be licensed, although there are restrictions:

  • The building must be a permanent building or structure
  • The building cannot be currently or have previously been used as a place of worship (so a former church or chapel can't be licensed)
  • The building needs to be safe and accessible
  • The premises is suitable for commercial use and does not require any relevant planning permission
  • There are also operation conditions that are attached to the application form [pdf document]

The current fee is £1700 which is payable at the time of application and provides a three year licence for the venue. A licence can't be granted for a 'one-off' occasion. Fees cannot be refunded or changes made to the application once it has been submitted.

Once you are granted a licence your venue will be included in a national list of approved venues and anyone can approach you to hold a ceremony. Your licence will apply to both Marriages and Civil Partnerships.

The licensing process normally takes six months:

  • When you express an interest a Registrar will visit to assess the suitability of your venue
  • You will then make a formal application and pay your fee (this is non-refundable)
  • The application will then be advertised to allow for an objections by the public. The fire service, building control, licensing and the register office will visit your venue and raise any concerns.
  • Your application will then be taken to the licensing committee. If it is approved, the Superintendent Registrar will grant your licence.

Notices will appear here when they are available.

Current Applications for licences for Approved Venues for Civil Ceremonies

There are currently no applications pending approval.