How to license Approved Premises

To apply to have a venue granted approval to become an 'Approved Premises' and for a further information, depending upon the location of the venue, please contact on of the following:

All of Cumbria

Carlisle Registration Office
Lady Gillford`s House
Petteril Bank Road

Telephone - 0300 303 2472

All applications will require the following before we can commence with an application:

  1. The Fee (Please see the Terms and Conditions for current fee)
  2. The completed application form
  3. A copy of the floor plans for the premises detailing which parts and/or rooms of the venue will be used for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies
  4. A Public Liability Document  
  5. A Fire Risk Assessment Summary Sheet

Once all the above has been received, we will arrange a visit to the premises by a Registrar for the local area to inspect the premises, and discuss the application to ensure the relevant criteria and conditions are met.

After this has been done and the local authority has confirmed that the premises has met the criteria and conditions laid down, the application will be advertised on our website for a statutory notice period of 21 days. This enables the public to be aware of the application and to allow any objections to be lodged. 

Providing no objections are received, the premises will after the notice period then be granted Approved Premises status. 

If any objection(s) are received to an application, the approval process will be suspended. Only once the objection(s) has been investigated and it is established as to whether or not it affects the approval of the premises will the process continue to either grant or refuse the application.  

Please allow approximately 6 to 8 weeks for any application (without objection) to be completed.

Please note:  Premises wishing to apply to become an approved premises should not advertise or take bookings for any marriage and civil partnership ceremonies until the application is completed and approved premises status has been granted