Apply for or renew a ceremony venue licence

Apply for or renew a licence to hold civil marriages or partnerships.

1 Types of venues

The County Council licenses venues in West Sussex for civil marriages and civil partnerships. A venue licence needs to be renewed every three years.

Types of non-religious venues are:

  • a permanently immovable structure comprising of at least one room
  • premises that are seemly and dignified venues for the proceedings
  • premises that are not religious.

2 Before you apply

Before applying for a venue licence, please ensure that the following criteria are met:

  • The premises is regularly available to the public.
  • You have obtained planning permission if regular use as a venue for marriages or civil partnerships would require its development.
  • A suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment has been carried out.
  • The premises has public liability insurance.

3 Apply for a licence

Use our online form to apply:

Apply for or renew a wedding venue licence

Before you apply

You should have the following documents ready to upload from the device you are using to complete the form.

  • Premises location plan
  • Room plan
  • Planning permission
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Other licences held by the venue
  • Public liability insurance

Read the guidance document below before applying which sets out the criteria.

4 Licence fees

  • Licence fee (valid for three years) - £2,117
  • Fee for additional room - £364

5 What happens next

West Sussex Registration Service will carry out a formal inspection of the premises and place a statutory public notice on our website for a period of not less than 21 days, to allow for public objections. 

These public notices (Applications for Licensed Venues) can be viewed on our Engagement Hub

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will carry out a fire safety assessment, at our instruction.

Provided all requirements are met, a licence will be issued.

Last updated:
1 April 2022
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