Premises approval for marriage or civil ceremonies

Before a civil ceremony can take place at a venue in Herefordshire, the venue must be approved by the Herefordshire Registration Service.

Requirements for approval include:

  • The premises must be a permanent and immovable structure (this excludes marquees)
  • The premises must be regularly available to the public
  • The premises cannot be religious in nature

If you are interested in becoming an approval holder, we can arrange an informal visit to your premises before you apply.

About this licence
  • Application fee £1500
  • Site visit £50
Application and guidance notes

Please read the guide to approved premises before making your application.

You can either:

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Cheque for the fee, payable to Herefordshire Council
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Planning certificate (if appropriate)
  • Three sets of plans of the premises indicating the proposed ceremony room(s) and interview rooms(s)
  • Confirmation of public liability insurance

Please return the completed application form together with attachments to:

Registration Service 
Herefordshire Register Office
Town Hall 
St Owen Street 
HR1 2PJ 

If you are unsure of anything or need any further information please contact us.

Processing and timescales

As part of the application process, we will inspect your premises. We will also make your application and plan available to the public for inspection. As part of a public consultation process, we will put a public notice of your application in a local newspaper .

To be granted, your application must be in the correct format and your premises deemed suitable. However, we may still refuse your application if it is felt that there are too many approved premises in the area for the registrars to attend.

Conditions will be imposed on your approval. The Registrar General may issue guidance for us to assist us in making our decision.

Please allow up to two months for the application to be processed. This is because we have to display the details in the public notices on our website for four weeks and the fire risk assessment is referred to the Fire Service.

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