Three-year marriage and civil partnership licences (for venues)Under the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, we can now grant other venues, such as hotels and restaurants, a three-year licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, subject to a successful application.
Apply for a licence onlineA three-year licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies costs £400. You will also need to provide:
- three copies of plans of the location showing the interview and civil marriage and partnership room
- copy of fire certificate (where applicable)
- certificate of public liability insurance
- copy of entertainment licence (where applicable).
|Apply for a licence to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies|
Before you apply, please read the terms and conditions for online services as well as our privacy statement for online services
You can also download the application form and return it by post, along with the relevant documents, to:
Belfast City Hall
- Download the application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages and partnerships (PDF - 105KB)
Terms and conditionsFull terms and conditions relating to civil marriage and partnership venues are available in our guidance notes for an application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages/partnerships.
- Download the guidance notes for an application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages/partnerships
(PDF - 191KB)
TimescalesYour application will be assessed and acknowledged within ten days of being received. A decision will be made within three months, provided all the necessary requirements have been met.
Your premises may also be inspected to make sure they comply with health and safety laws.
If your application is rejected, you will be notified in writing and a reason will be given.
Under the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, we have to give public notice of all three-year applications. This means that members of the public have the right to object to your application, once public notice has been given.