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Licensing your building for marriages and civil partnerships

Licensing your venue
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Licensing your venue
If you have a building that you think would be the perfect location to hold civil weddings and civil partnerships, you need to apply to us for a licence. Licenses last for three years.

Premises that will be considered

To be licensed, a ceremony venue must -

  • be a permanent structure, structures that can be moved such as marquees or structures that are open to the elements such as gazebos are excluded

  • be a dignified and appropriate place where couples can celebrate an important event in their lives

  • have no recent or continuing connection with any religion, religious practice or religious persuasion that would be incompatible with its use as a marriage venue

  • have at least one room registered as the ceremony room. Ceremony rooms are not required to be dedicated solely for marriage use, and certification as a ceremony room should in no way affect the normal other business of the venue. Any bars in ceremony rooms should be screened off one hour prior to the ceremony until its completion, during which time no food or drink may be sold or consumed

How to apply for or renew a licence

To apply or renew an approved premises licence, complete the application form at the back of the approved premises guide or contact us on 01482 300 300 for an application form.

You will need to return this form to the address shown below with -

  • three copies of a plan of the premises showing the room(s) in which marriages will take place

  • copies of current health, safety and fire certificates

  • a cheque for £850

Hull Registration Service

Hull Registration Service
The Wilson Centre CSC
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street

Telephone: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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Wednesday, 11am - 4.30pm
Thursday and Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, closed

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