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How to become a Licensed Venue for Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership

Legally recognised outdoor ceremonies are temporarily permitted in some circumstances until 5 April 2022.

Outdoor ceremonies guide.


2. Introduction

Please ensure that you have read these notes before applying to license your venue.

Before completing the application form you must:

  • Be satisfied that no planning permission is necessary for the venue to hold marriage or civil partnership ceremonies on the premises
  • Have a copy of the plan of the premises, clearly showing the room/rooms to be used for ceremonies and pre-marriage interviews
  • Have a copy of the Public Liability insurance.
  • Have a fire risk assessment
  • Have the appropriate fee for this application, payable by card, cheque or BACS.

    - Cheques should be made payable to East Sussex County Council.

    - To make payment by card or BACS contact Carole Bailey, Registration Support Officer on 01273 481107.

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