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 licence, ensure that the following criteria are met:
- The premises must be regularly available to the public.
- The owner will have to consult the local planning authority and, if regular use as a venue for marriages or civil partnerships would constitute development, obtain planning permission.
- The County Council requires confirmation that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment has been carried out on the premises.
- The premises must have public liability insurance.
3 Apply for a licence
To make an application you can apply online.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) - £1,971
- Fee for additional room - £339
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 Consultation Hub - search by venue name.
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.