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Premises approval for civil marriage and civil partnership

Premises Approval for Marriage or Civil Ceremonies

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Licence summary

To hold a civil ceremony or wedding at premises in England or Wales, they must be approved by Kent County Council.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for permission to hold civil ceremonies or weddings.

The application must be in writing (including by electronic means) and include:

  • the name and address of the applicant
  • such other information as Kent County Council requires
  • a plan of the premises which clearly identifies the room or rooms in which the proceedings will occur

A fee may be payable.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

Your premises will be inspected.

Your application and plan will be made available to the public for inspection and public notice of the application put in a local newspaper as part of a public consultation process.

To be granted you application must be in the correct format and your premises deemed suitable.

However your application may still be refused if it is felt that there are too many approved premises in the area for the registrars to attend.

Conditions may be imposed to your approval.

The Registrar General may issue guidance to Kent County Council to assist them in making their decision.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from Kent County Council by the end of the target completion period

OR

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from Kent County Council within a reasonable period, please contact it.

Apply online

Apply for approval of premises as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships

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Failed Application Redress

Please contact Kent County Council in the first instance.

You have the right to seek a review of Kent County Council's refusal to grant your application.

You must deliver your request for review to the proper officer of Kent County Council, accompanied by any requested fee.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Kent County Council in the first instance.

You have the right to seek a review of Kent County Council's imposition of conditions, refusal to renew or revocation of approval.

You must deliver your request for review to the proper officer of Kent County Council, accompanied by any requested fee.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

If you object to an application for premises approval you may give notice to Kent County Council within 21 days of the notice of application appearing in the local newspaper.

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