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Approved Premises for Marriages and Civil Partnerships

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.

Application process

Please note that this information together with the application form is available for download on this page.

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

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 Register Office or an application can be made Online using the Service Request Form link below.

Part 1

Part 1 - Introduction

This includes the following:-

  • Who can apply for an approval
  • What type of building can be approved

Part 2

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

Parts 3 and 4

Part 3 and Part 4 - Application procedure and Application Form

This includes the following:-

  • Who will be consulted
  • Issuing the approval
  • What if the approval is not granted
  • Length of approval
  • What does the approval apply to
  • Changes to the approval
  • Revocation of an approval
  • Termination of an approval

Part 5

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.


The 1994 Marriage Act and the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 allow Dudley MBC to issue an approval for marriages and Civil Partnerships to be solemnised in buildings within the Borough.

What does it cost?

Grant/Renewal = £1700.00

for each additional room £75.00

What happens if my approval circumstances change?

This is covered in section 3 of the application form pack. The holder of the approval 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 approval holder, change of responsible person or any material change to the rooms or environment covered in the approval.

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.

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

Telephone 01384 815489 or 01384 815377