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If you would like to use your business premises to hold civil partnership ceremonies or wedding you will need to be approved by us. You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for permission. The application must be in writing on the prescribed form and include a plan of the premises which clearly identifies the room or rooms in which the proceedings will occur. A fee may be payable.
How to apply
Information on marriage approved premises can be found in the legislation:
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005
However, we have some guidance which may be easier to understand and has information specific to Leeds in the downloads section on this page.
Briefly, you apply for approval by completing the form, paying the fee and providing a plan of the premises which shows the areas in which ceremonies will take place. We will inspect the premises and your application and the plan will be made available to the public for inspection. You have to advertise your application by way of a notice of the application at the venue for 21 days and we will advertise your application on our website. At the end of the 28 day consultation period we will make a decision as to whether the premises is suitable and there are not too many other approved premises in the area.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Tacit consent applies to a Marriage Approved Premises licence application if no relevant representations are made during a period of 28 days from the day after the application is received by the Licensing Authority. This target date is known as the ‘last date for representation’. The application will be deemed granted after the last date for representation.
If relevant representations are made within the 28 day consultation period tacit consent does not apply and a public hearing must be held to determine your application. The public hearing will be held within 20 working days after the last date for representation. The hearing date may be extended if the Licensing Authority considers it is in the public interest to do so.
Target Completion Period
If there are no representations to the application, the licence will be granted 29 days from the day the Licensing Authority received the application.
If there are representations the application will go before a Licensing Sub-Committee and a decision will be made at the hearing.
Forms to download, print, post or email
Should you wish to apply by post, you can download the following forms from the documents section on this page that you can complete and post or email to us:
- Marriage Approved Premises Application Form - Secular Premises
- Marriage Approved Premises Application Form - Religious Premises
- Marriage Approved Premises Guidance
- The Registrar General's Guidance to Authorities for the approval of premises as venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships (revised October 2013)
- FAQ Civil Partnership in Religious Premises
We are able to accept payment by phone, by cheque or by card in person at our offices.
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. You have the right to seek a review of the local authority's refusal to grant your application. You must deliver your request for review to the proper officer of the local authority, accompanied by any requested fee.
Public Registers or databases
A list of Marriage Approved Premises is available on request.
Use of Personal Data
We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you provide on your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.