Application for Premises to be Approved as a Venue for Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Who needs to apply?
Why do you need a licence?
How do I apply for a licence?
Can my application be turned down?
Should I expect an acknowledgement?
How do I make changes to my existing licence or renew it?
Can I see a list of licenced venues?

Who needs to apply?

Any business or premises wishing to offer their venue for civil marriage or civil partnership within Milton Keynes needs to apply for a licence which lasts for three years.

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Why do you need a licence?

The Marriage Act 1949 and Marriages and Civil Partnership (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005 lay down the statutory requirements for approved venues.  Find out more about the Marriage Act 1949 

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How do I apply for a licence?

Applications need to be made via the www.gov.uk website.

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Can my application be turned down?

Yes, local authorities have the power to refuse the licensing of premises.  The premises must satisfy the local authority of its suitability and fire precautions, health and safety provisions and planning consents.

A licence must be granted and approved by us before you can have any ceremonies performed at your venue.

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Should I expect an acknowledgement?

We aim to acknowledge your application within two weeks of receipt and aim to complete the administration surrounding a new licence application within eight weeks.

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How do I make changes to my existing licence or renew it?

You can notify us of a change to your licensed venue or responsible person in writing either by post to: 

Registration Services Manager
Register Office
Civic
1 Saxon Gate East
Milton Keynes
MK9 3EJ

or via email to registrars@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Your licence can be renewed up to six months prior to its expiry date by visiting www.gov.uk.  A Register Office Fees is payable.

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Can I see the list of licenced venues?

Yes, a list of licenced venues in Milton Keynes can be found by visitIng the Registrars' area of this website and a full list of approved venue across England and Wales can be found at www.gov.uk

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Last Updated: 2 October 2019