APPLICATION FOR PREMISES TO BE APPROVED AS A VENUE FOR MARRIAGES and CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
Who needs to notify us?
Any business or premises that wishes to licence their venue within the Borough of Milton Keynes needs to notify us.
Why do you need to notify us?
Milton Keynes Council are regulated by SECTION 26(1)(bb) OF THE MARRIAGE ACT 1949 and the MARRIAGES AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIP (APPROVED PREMISES) REGULATIONS 2005
What do the Regulations say?
Please click here to read a copy of the "Licensing Regulations"
How to notify
You can submit your form online using the Government’s Business Link website. By clicking on the following link you will be directed to their site: Government's Business Link
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Alternatively, you can complete and return the application form below, using the contact details on the top right of the page.
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- APPLICATION FOR PREMISES TO BE APPROVED AS A VENUE FOR MARRIAGES and CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS Notification Form
Am I required to submit any additional documents?
In addition to the notification form, you need to include three copies of a plan of the premises showing the room(s) in which it is intended that marriages and civil partnerships will take place.
Is there a charge for notifying us?
MARRIAGE ACT 1994 -SCALE OF CHARGES
Licensing of Premises
Charge for attendance for marriages / civil partnerships at licensed premises
|Charge for application to licence room or rooms
|Appeal against a decision to refuse the grant of a licence
(Payable by the bride and groom)
Can my notification be turned down?
||From 1 April 2012
Yes Local authorities have the power to refuse the licensing of premises. The premises must satisfy the local authority on fire precautions and health and safety provisions.
Should I expect an acknowledgement?
We aim to acknowledge your notification (by email or phone) within two weeks of receipt
How long will it take for my notification to be processed?
We aim to complete the administration surrounding a new license venue notification form within eight weeks
If I don’t hear from you for 28 days, can I assume it’s been granted (‘tacit consent’)?
No you need confirmation from us as a Local authority.
What happens next?
The premises will be inspected for suitability before approval is granted and, if this application is successful, may be subject to subsequent inspection.
A Public notice of the application will be given by advertisement in a local newspaper with a period of three weeks for objections.
How long does the notification last and what is the renewal procedure?
You are required to renew your licensed venue notification every three years. However, if a change subsequently occurs to a venue or room, this needs to be notified to the local authority within 1 month of its occurrence. There is no prescribed form for deregistration however this information must be received in writing from the company holding the licence.
How can I contact the Council about a change of circumstances?
You can notify the Council of a change to your licensed venue by re-submitting a notification form either:
– via the Government's Business Link
– to: The Superintendent Registrar, The Register Office, Bracknell House, Aylesbury Street, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 2BE
Telephone: 01908 372101
Where can I go for further information?
Download (for free) the complete "Licensing Application Pack
Can I see the list of registered venues?
The list of registered venues is available for the public to view by going to our website:
Who do I contact if I wish to make a complaint?
If you wish to make a comment, complaint or compliment about the Council please fill in our online form
Online form for Comments, Complaints or Compliments