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Approved Premises for Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Across the borough of Dudley there are several other venues (known as approved premises) as well as Priory Hall approved to hold marriages and civil partnerships:

Village Hotel Dudley
Birmingham Road
Telephone 01384 216600

The Copthorne Hotel
The Waterfront, Level Street
Merry Hill
Telephone 01384 482882

The Limestone Caverns
Dudley Canal Trust Trips Ltd
Birmingham New Road

The Quality Hotel
Birmingham Road
Telephone 01384 458070

Benjamins Banqueting Suites
Birmingham Street
B63 3HN
Telephone: 0121 6020202

Old Swinford Hospital
Heath Lane
Telephone: 01384 817365

The Talbot Hotel
High Street
Telephone: 01384 394350

How do I arrange my ceremony?

Provisional bookings for ceremonies are taken by telephone or in person up to 12 months in advance of your wedding. A credit or debit card payment is required to book a ceremony. For Priory Suite and approved premises ceremonies a £50 deposit is taken at the time the ceremony is booked. This is non refundable. If your ceremony is to be held within the next two months the full payment will be required at the time your ceremony is booked. Couples holding their ceremony in the Castle Suite will be required to pay for the ceremony if full at the time the provisional arrangement is made.

Please note: If you wish to change the date or time of a ceremony you have already booked within the Dudley Borough there will be an administration fee of £20 payable.

The ceremony co-ordinator will call you within two working days to make a ceremony booking if you supply your day time contact number and your ceremony requirements.

Planning ahead? Why not save the date for your big day?

Couples looking to the knot in Dudley can take advantage of a save the date service.

Couples wishing to marry or register a civil partnership in Dudley borough are able to pencil in their date up to two years in advance of their ceremony date. The save the date service allows couples to book the registrars to attend their ceremony or reserve their chosen date and time at the popular Priory Hall. Bookings can currently be made within one year of any ceremony but the 'Save The Date' service, which costs just £50, allows people to make plans up two years before their big day.

To make a booking with the save the date service couples should contact the ceremony co-ordinator at Dudley register office.

How can my venue become an approved premise?

If you are interested in becoming an approved premise, or wish to renew your current approval, please read the information below and apply by down loading the form at the bottom of this page. Please note that this information together with the application form is available for download at the foot of this page.

If you would like an informal chat about becoming a new marriage venue, please contact the superintendent registrar at Dudley Register Office.

The download includes the following information which all forms part of the application:-

Part 1 - Introduction

This includes the following:-

  • Who can apply for a licence
  • What type of building can be approved

Part 2 - Conditions which determine suitability of accommodation

This includes the following:-

  • Availability
  • Number of rooms
  • The ceremony room
  • Access
  • Safety of staff and their legal documents
  • Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Furniture and equipment
  • Heating and ventilation and protection of the Register
  • Toilets
  • Music
  • Complaints
  • legislation
  • Secular nature of civil marriages and civil partnerships
  • Liability

Part 3 and Part 4 - Application procedure and Application Form

This includes the following:-

  • Who will be consulted
  • Issuing the Licence
  • What if the Licence is not approved
  • Length of licence and approval
  • What does the licence apply to
  • Changes to the licence
  • Revocation of a licence
  • Termination of a licence

Part 5 - The Conditions attached to the Grant of a Approval

This gives information about the Conditions that are attached to a licence when it is granted.

Part 6 - General Guidance notes

Guidance for those who wish to marry on approved premises

Guidance for those who wish to Register a Civil partnership on approved premises

Guidance for those who wish to hold a naming, renewal of vows or commitment ceremony on approved premises


The 1994 Marriage Act and the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 allow Dudley MBC to issue a licence for marriages and Civil Partnerships to be solemnised in buildings within the Borough approved for that purpose by the Council.

How do I apply?

The application form with all relevant information can be downloaded from the foot of this page, or it can be requested from the Licensing Office using the Contact Details box below or an application can be made Online using the Service Request Form link below.

What does it cost?

Grant/Renewal = £1700.00

for each additional room £75.00

What happens if my Licence Circumstances change?

This is covered in section 3 of the application form pack. The licence holder will be responsible for informing the Superintendent Registrar and the Licensing Office of any change which will affect the licence, such as change of use or name of Approved premises, change of Licence holder or any material change to the rooms or environment covered in the licence.

Contacting the Licensing Office

The office is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.

Disabled users of our service, please note that if possible could you contact us to make an appointment before visiting our offices, to enable us to meet your needs.

If you have difficulty using the General Contact Form below, our email address is Please use the message Subject box to enter brief details about the nature of the enquiry.

Do you need to contact us at the Register Office?

Contact Dudley Citizenship & Registration Services online or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.

Contact Details

Name Licensing Manager, Law and Governance, unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF

Telephone 01384 815489 or 01384 815377

General Contact Form