What sort of premises can become licensed to host ceremonies and what ceremonies can they hold, what criteria is necessary to become an approved premise, how to obtain a license and how long does it take, is there a list of licensed venues, what the cost is to get a license and what are license conditions.
Commercial venues such as hotels, stately homes, clubs and other similar premises may be licensed to host civil ceremonies. This would be subject to meeting certain criteria including those relating to Fire Safety, Planning and Building Control.
The premises MUST be a permanent immovable structure comprising of at least one room, or any boat or other vessel, which is permanently moored. We cannot perform the legal parts of a marriage or civil partnership outside, in a tent, marquee or other temporary structure, however, we may be able carry out the legalities inside the premises and hold the celebratory ceremony outside.
Premises must not have any religious connection and must have the relevant planning permissions to host civil ceremonies.
The ceremonies would include marriage, civil partnership, naming, renewal of vows, citizenship.
An application may be made by the owner, proprietor, manager or a trustee of a suitable venue. The superintendent registrar or their deputy will pay an informal visit to you to assess the premises for suitability, talk about the services we offer and answer any questions that you may have.
Some of our ceremony venues are quite small but, offer a very professional, personal service for small parties of people. Providing that your building can meet the necessary conditions there should be no problem.
The grant of approval (the licence) is granted subject to certain legal and local conditions being met, including health and safety, satisfactory fire risk assessments, relevant planning permissions if necessary and accessibility.
From receipt of a completed application form to approval can take up to 3 months.
You can apply for a licence for approved premises for civil marriages and civil partnerships online (opens in new window).
Once you have sent a completed application form, together with supporting documentation and the fee to the register office an advertisement will appear within a local newspaper seeking any public objections to the application. If no objections have been lodged within a set period of time a final inspection of the premises will take place. If all conditions have been met the approval will be granted and a licence will be issued.
A licence will be valid for 3 years, providing that all licence conditions are complied with throughout that period.
The council reserves the right to withdraw a licence if conditions are not complied with at any time during the period, however, this would be a last resort and we will work with you to resolve any issues.
The licence may be transferred between new owners or managers, but is NOT transferable between venues/premises. Any changes to the premises/rooms or additions of new rooms will require a new licence. Let us know immediately of any changes by:
Telephone: (01482) 393600
East Riding Registration and Celebratory Services
The Register Office Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BP
We will contact you about 12 months before the licence expires and start the process for a renewal. You must tell us at any time whether you want to renew or not. There are extra fees if this process is delayed.
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The KP Pocklington YO42 1UF
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The Rowley Manor Hotel Little Weighton HU20 3XR
The Town Hall 75a Newbegin Hornsea HU18 1PA
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Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley HU17 9BP
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Walkergate House - Ceremonies(external website)
Thwaite Hall Thwaite Street Cottingham HU16 4RE (01482) 465341
Willerby Manor Hotel Well Lane Willerby HU10 6ER
Wrygarth Inn Station Road Great Hatfield HU11 4UY
In certain circumstances it may be possible to include these on your licence, please check this when you apply. We may also be able to provide a civil celebratory ceremony outside such venues as long as the legalities are completed beforehand.
There is a fee of £1,800 for a 3 year licence, this is for an unlimited number of rooms within your venue. Fees are reviewed in September and April each year.
We are always at the end of a telephone to offer help and advice and have also produced a guidance booklet for approved premises.
Approved Premises Guidance Booklet (pdf 294kb opens in new window)
Please contact the superintendent registrar by:
The Register Office Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BP.