Venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships may be all shapes and sizes and do not need to be able to offer reception facilities. There are a number of venues that concentrate on ceremonies only.
We will provide staff to conduct a ceremony and register a marriage or civil partnership.
The approval application process normally takes up to six weeks to complete. Unfortunately, no bookings can be confirmed until the approval has been granted and therefore it is essential for you to submit your application early if you have potential couples.
The approval granted to a venue lasts for three years and is renewable.
Complete this application form application form 179kb and send with the following:
- Three copies of a plan of the premises showing the room(s) in which it is intended that ceremonies will take place;
- Copies of any current health, safety and fire certificates - your fire risk assessment plan will be required at the inspection visit;
- Payment, current licence fee (this is non-refundable)
The supporting notes supporting notes 51kb will clarify what you need to do before you submit the application.
Fees must be submitted in the form of a cheque made payable to Wiltshire Council with the application form. For more information please see our fees page.
Please note: All fees are liable to be increased on or after 1 April each year.
An approved venue must be a permanent structure comprising of at least one room and must provide a 'seemly and dignified' place where civil ceremonies can be performed. This does not include temporary structures such as tents or marquees or structures that are capable of being moved or are open to the elements.
The premises must also have no recent or continuing connection with any religion, religious practice or religious persuasion that would be incompatible with its use as an approved venue.
There must be at least one room and this is where the ceremonies will take place. There can be as many approved rooms as the venue requires. They are not required to be dedicated solely for ceremony use and certification as an approved room should in no way affect the normal business of the venue. If the intended room contains a bar, it would be necessary to screen the bar off in some way. The minimum availability of the room is one hour before the ceremony and until its completion, during which time no food or drink may be sold or consumed.
Last updated: 26 March 2015