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We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 10th May 2020 and recently published guidance.

The latest Government guidance includes examining how to enable slightly larger groups to gather for events such as small ceremonies, which will not be before 1 June 2020 and only if the correct conditions are met. Therefore all ceremonies booked before this date will be unable to go ahead.


We will not be able to undertake ceremonies until we have received further details that relate to the lifting of the restrictions on Civil Marriage and Partnership Ceremonies and in particular the Notice of Marriage, therefore we will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Please continue to review this page for further updates and confirmation for when we can resume new ceremony bookings and amendments.

Become an approved venue

Any suitable building can apply to be an approved venue to host non-religious ceremonies.

If you would like to apply for your venue to become an approved premises for weddings and other ceremonies or wish to renew your existing licence, you can fill in an application form. Please make sure you read the General Register Office approved premises regulations before you apply to make sure that your venue is suitable for a licence.

How do I apply for or renew a licence?

Applications must be made on the County Council's official application form.

The approved premises application pack consists of the application form and guidance notes relating to the application.

Please submit your application electronically by emailing the completed form and supporting documentation to gloucestershireapproved@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. a copy of a valid Fire Risk Assessment (carried out within the last 3 years). This document must include room capacities for each room included in the licence application. For information on completing a fire risk assessment you can visit the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue website. Note - undertaking a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement and failure to conduct one may lead to enforcement action.
  2. a copy of any relevant Planning Permission which applies to the venue.
  3. a copy of a valid Public Liability Insurance certificate.
  4. a copy of a valid Premises Licence (formerly known as Public Entertainment licence).
  5. a copy of a Plan (or plans) of the premises clearly identifying their location and the room(s) to be licensed. Please include room measurements in metres on the plans and room capacities (for safe occupancy) together with an explanation of how these figures were calculated.

How long does a licence last?

A licence will normally run for 3 years from the date of issue and will terminate at the end of that period unless renewed or revoked.

How much does it cost?

  • the current fee to license or renew a licence for an approved premises is £2,500.
  • the fee covers the cost to the County Council of processing your application, including publication of an official notice on the Gloucestershire County Council website, inspections during the 3-year approval period, inclusion on the General Register Office official list and Gloucestershire Registration Service's Celebrate With Us website.
  • if you require any changes to be made during the term of the licence you will be required to pay a further charge equivalent to the licence fee. You are therefore advised to withhold changes until the expiry of the current licence.
  • once an application fee has been accepted and costs have been incurred, no refund will be made.

Related information

Below are a series of related documents for you to download.

Should you require further information before you make your application, please email gloucestershireapproved@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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