Kent County Council licences Kent and Bexley venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships. A venue licence needs to be renewed every three years.

Suitable venues and regulations

Venues, including gazebos, must be a permanent structure and must fulfil the licence requirements and conditions. Temporary structures, such as marquees cannot be licensed.

Before you apply, read the licensing information booklet (PDF, 386 KB) which includes venue and gazebo regulations and licence conditions.

Licence fees

  • 1 ceremony room: £1,650
  • 2 ceremony rooms: £2,000
  • 3 ceremony rooms: £2,100
  • 4 ceremony rooms: £2,200
  • 5 ceremony rooms: £2,300
  • 6 or more ceremony rooms: £2,400
  • an additional ceremony room during a three year licence: £500
  • appeal against refusal of licence/licence conditions/decision to revoke: £1,000

Apply for a licence

Before you begin the process, we can inspect your venue at no charge and can give you advice about your venue before you submit a formal application.

If you would like a free inspection of your venue, contact us at kentish.ceremony@kent.gov.uk or telephone 03000 414003.

Apply by post

Download an application form to licence a venue for civil marriages and civil partnerships (PDF, 164 KB).

Post a completed application form to:

The Quality and Standards Team
The Archbishops Palace
Mill Street
ME15 6YE

Make sure that you have included all of the required documents listed in the application form with your application.

If you have any questions about applying for a venue licence contact us by calling 03000 414003 or kentish.ceremony@kent.gov.uk.

I do not agree with a decision

If your application is declined, you have the right to have a review of the decision.

If you would like to have a review of the decision telephone 03000 414003 or email kentish.ceremony@kent.gov.uk.

Current venue licence applications in Kent and Bexley

View a list of the current venue licence applications we have received.