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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.


10. Working in partnership

ESCC intends that the licensing of Approved Premises should work as a partnership between the County Council and the venue. Each works individually and together within the partnership to promote civil ceremonies and to provide couples with a unique and memorable ceremony.

Registration staff will:

  1. Notify the Responsible Person(s) on duty of their arrival at the premises and liaise with them over the arrangements for the ceremony.
  2. Abide by any rules and regulations affecting the building and/or property provided that they do not conflict with:
    • ESCC’s Requirements and Conditions for Approved Premises for Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships
    • Regulations and/or the Code of Practice issued by the Registrar General
    • The various Marriage Acts and Regulations
    • The Civil Partnerships Act and Regulations
    • Their statutory responsibilities.

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