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.