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Premises approval for marriage or civil ceremonies

Registration of premises for marriages or civil ceremonies

For civic marriages and civic partnerships to take place in premises such as hotels, stately homes, and civic halls, the venue must be licensed by Middlesbrough Council.

Applications must be made by the proprietor or trustee of the premises. Applicants must provide three copies of the plan of the premises, clearly identifying the room(s) in which marriages will be solemnised if approval is granted. A fee is payable for the licence, and conditions will apply.

Licences are valid for 3 years.

Read more about the relevant legislation.
How to apply

You can apply for registration online

Tell us about a change to your existing registration

What happens next?

In addition to being satisfied that the requirements relating to the type of premises are met, the authority will have to consult with the fire authority and be assured that the premises comply with their requirements, as well as any relating to health and safety.

Authorities will also need to be assured that the local planning authority is content that the premises can be regularly used for these proceedings.

You'll be able to start performing ceremonies if you've not heard from the council within 6 weeks.

Redress information

You can ask for a review of the council's decision not to grant approval, to attach conditions to the approval, to refuse to renew an approval, or to revoke an approval. A fee may be charged.

Please contact Middlesbrough Council’s Licensing Service via or on 01642 728011.

Customer complaint

Any person objecting to an application may give written notice of their objection to the council, stating the reasons for the objection, within 21 days from the date on which the public advertisement appeared.

If you're a customer of a licensed/registered premises and wish to complain about the service or products sold, we would advise you to contact the trader in the first instance to resolve the matter.

Trade Associations

Hotel Marketing Association

International Association of Wedding Industry Professionals

National Association of Wedding Professionals

Wedding Industry Professionals Association