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Premises approval for marriages and civil partnerships

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To hold a marriage or civil partnership ceremony at premises in England or Wales, the premises must be approved by your local authority.

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Eligibility criteria 

You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for a licence to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

The application must be in writing (including by electronic means) and include:

A fee is payable.

Regulation summary 

Application evaluation process 

Your premises will be inspected.

Your application and plan will be made available to the public for inspection and a public notice of the application must be placed by you in a local newspaper as part of a public consultation process.

To be granted, your application must be in the correct format and your premises deemed suitable.

Conditions may be imposed to your approval.

The Registrar General has issued guidance to local authorities to assist them in making their decision.

Will tacit consent apply? 

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Target completion

Within 1 month.

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Failed application redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

You have the right to seek a review of the local authority's refusal to grant your application.

You should deliver your request for review to the Lifetime Services Manager, The Forum, Chester, CH1 9SA.

Licence holder redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

You have the right to seek a review of the local authority's refusal to grant your application.

You should deliver your request for review to the Lifetime Services Manager, The Forum, Chester, CH1 9SA.

Consumer complaint 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked contact the below.

Other redress 

Objections to an application for premises approval may be given to the Lifetime Services Manager, The Forum, Chester, CH1 9SA within 21 days of the notice of application appearing in the local newspaper.

Public register or database

A full list of Approved Premises in Cheshire West and Chester is available online.

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