Approved premises for ceremonies - licences

What sort of premises can become licensed to host ceremonies and what ceremonies can they hold, what criteria is necessary to become an approved premise, how to obtain a license and how long does it take, is there a list of licensed venues, what the cost is to get a license and what are license conditions. 

What sort of premises can become licensed to host civil ceremonies?

Commercial venues such as hotels, stately homes, clubs and other similar premises may be licensed to host civil ceremonies. This would be subject to meeting certain criteria including those relating to Fire Safety, Planning and Building Control.

The premises MUST be a permanent immovable structure comprising of at least one room, or any boat or other vessel, which is permanently moored. We cannot perform the legal parts of a marriage or civil partnership outside, in a tent, marquee or other temporary structure, however, we may be able carry out the legalities inside the premises and hold the celebratory ceremony outside.

Premises must not have any religious connection and must have the relevant planning permissions to host civil ceremonies.

How do I obtain a licence to host civil ceremonies?

An application may be made by the owner, proprietor, manager or a trustee of a suitable venue. The superintendent registrar or their deputy will pay an informal visit to you to assess the premises for suitability, talk about the services we offer and answer any questions that you may have.

Would a very small hotel be considered as suitable?

Some of our ceremony venues are quite small but, offer a very professional, personal service for small parties of people. Providing that your building can meet the necessary conditions there should be no problem.

What is the necessary criteria for becoming an approved premises?

The grant of approval (the licence) is granted subject to certain legal and local conditions being met, including health and safety, satisfactory fire risk assessments, relevant planning permissions if necessary and accessibility.

How long does it take to issue a licence?

From receipt of a completed application form to approval can take up to 3 months.

Please contact us, to make an application:

Email: registration.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393600

The Register Office Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BP

What happens after I have submitted my application?

Once you have sent a completed application form, together with supporting documentation and the fee to the register office an advertisement will appear within a local newspaper seeking any public objections to the application. If no objections have been lodged within a set period of time a final inspection of the premises will take place. If all conditions have been met the approval will be granted and a licence will be issued.

How long will the licence be valid for?

A licence will be valid for 3 years, providing that all licence conditions are complied with throughout that period.

What if the licence conditions are not complied with?

The council reserves the right to withdraw a licence if conditions are not complied with at any time during the period, however, this would be a last resort and we will work with you to resolve any issues.

What if there are changes to the venue?

The licence may be transferred between new owners or managers, but is NOT transferable between venues/premises. Any changes to the premises/rooms or additions of new rooms will require a new licence. Let us know immediately of any changes by:

Email: registration.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393600

East Riding Registration and Celebratory Services

The Register Office Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BP

What happens at the end of the three year licence period?

We will contact you about 12 months before the licence expires and start the process for a renewal. You must tell us at any time whether you want to renew or not. There are extra fees if this process is delayed.

Is there a list of licensed venues in East Riding of Yorkshire?

List of premises approved by the council
Premise details Expiry date of licence Website link

Barmby Field Barns Keldfieldspring Lane Barmby Moor York YO42 4HP

(01759) 304997

1 October 2020  
The Barns Beeches Farm Faxfleet DN14 7YR

(01430) 449144

 27 March 2021  

Beverley Race Company Ltd The Racecourse York Road Beverley HU17 8QZ

(01482) 867488

20 February 2019 The Beverley Race Company - Ceremonies (external website)

Bishop Burton College York Road Bishop Burton Beverley HU17 8QG

(01964) 553000

12 June 2018 Bishop Burton College - Ceremonies (external website)

Bridlington Golf Club Belvedere Road Bridlington YO15 3NA 

(01262) 606367   

19 February 2021 



The Bridlington Spa South Marine Drive Bridlington YO15 3JH

(01262) 401400

30 October 2019 Bridlington Spa (external website)

Burnby Hall Burnby Hall Pocklington Y042 2QQ
(01482) 393574

1 July 2020 Burnby Hall - Ceremonies (external website)

Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club South Cave HU15 2EU
(01430) 422245

20 March 2019

Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club - Ceremonies (external website)

Clapham Holme Farm Hull Road Great Hatfield HU11 4UX

(01964) 533665

10 July 2019  

Driffield Showground Kelleythorpe Driffield YO25 9DN

(01377) 257494

18 October 2018


Dunedin Country House 40 Westgate Patrington HU12 0NB

(01964) 630634

21 April 2019 Dunedin Country House - Ceremonies (external website)

Hallmark Hotel Ferriby High Road North Ferriby HU14 3LG

(01482) 645212

18 July 2019 Hallmark Hotel - Ceremonies (external website) 

Lazaat Restaurant Bar Hotel Wood Hill Way Cottingham HU16 5SX

(01482) 847900

24 July 2020 Lazaat Restaurant Bar Hotel - Ceremonies (external website) 

Lowther Hotel Aire Street Goole DN14 5QW

(01405) 767999

25 July 2019 Lowther Hotel - Ceremonies (external website)

Mercure Grange Park Lane Willerby HU10 6EA

(01482) 656488

18 July 2019 Mercure - Ceremonies (external website) 

Mill House Restaurant Beverley Road Skidby HU16 5TF

(01482) 845610

30 March 2020

Mill House Restaurant - Ceremonies (external website) 

Oaklands Rotsea Carr Farm Rotsea Cranswick Driffield YO25 9QG

(01262) 488035

9 July 2018 Oaklands - (external website)

Rise Hall Rise HU11 5BL

(01964) 564096

14 June 2019 Rise Hall - Ceremonies (external website) 

Rudstone Walk South Cave HU15 2AH

(01430) 422230

26 August 2018

Saltmarshe Hall Saltmarshe Howden DN14 7RX

(01430) 434920

9 September 2019 Saltmarshe Hall - Ceremonies (external website)

Sewerby Hall and Gardens Church Lane Sewerby Bridlington Y015 1EA

(01262) 677874

28 April 2018 Sewerby Hall & Gardens - Ceremonies (external website)

Sledmere House Sledmere Driffield Y025 0XG

(01377) 236637

5 March 2021 Sledmere House - Ceremonies (external website)

Southern Holderness Resource Centre 29-31 Seaside Road Withernsea HU19 2DL

(01964) 615190

2 October 2018 Southern Holderness Resource Centre -Ceremonies (external website) 

The Bartholomew Suite Church Street Goole DN14 5BG

(01482) 393580

26 April 2018

The Bartholomew Suite - Ceremonies (external website)

The Bell in Driffield Market Place Driffield YO25 6AN

(01377) 256661 

2 February 2020


The Blue Bell Hotel Main Street Burton Agnes Driffield YO25 4NG

(01262) 490050

29 October 2018


The Country Park Cliff Road Hessle Foreshore Hessle HU13 0HB

(01482) 640526

26 September 2019

The Country Park Inn - Ceremonies  (external website) 

The Expanse Hotel North Marine Drive Bridlington Y015 2LS

(01262) 675347 

18 May 2018 The Expanse Hotel (external website)         

The Gardeners Country Inn Hull Road Coniston HU11 5AE

(01964) 562625  

3 February 2020 The Gardners Country Inn - Ceremonies (external website)     

The Highfield House Windmill Hill Driffield YO25 5YP 

(01377) 256237   

5 September 2020


The Holtby Suite  Cottingham Centre Market Green Cottingham HU16 5QG

(01482) 393565

6 November 2020


The KP Pocklington YO42 1UF

(01759) 303090

 14 July 2020   Kilnwick Percy Golf Club - Ceremonies (external website)        
The Oaks Golf Club and Spa

Aughton Common Aughton YO42 4PW

(01757) 288577  

 26 August 2020   The Oaks Golf Club and Spa - Ceremonies (external website)        

The Rowley Manor Hotel Little Weighton HU20 3XR

(01482) 848248

23 July 2019 The Rowley Manor Hotel - Ceremonies(external website) 

The Town Hall 75a Newbegin Hornsea HU18 1PA

(01964) 532252

14 June 2018 The Town Hall Hornsea - Ceremonies (external website) 

The Triton Inn Ellerker Road Brantingham HU15 1QE

(01482) 667261

16 June 2020 The Triton Inn - Ceremonies (external website)

Tickton Grange Hotel Tickton Beverley HU7 9SH

(01964) 543666

26 July 2019 Tickton Grange Hotel - Ceremonies (external website) 

Town Hall Quay Road Bridlington Y016 4LP

(01482) 393570

1 July 2020 Town Hall Bridlington- Ceremonies (external website)

Walkergate House Walkergate Beverley HU17 9BP

(01482) 393600

30 September 2020

Walkergate House - Ceremonies(external website)

West Carlton Country Guest House Carlton Road Aldbrough HU11 4RB

21 November 2020  

Willerby Manor Hotel Well Lane Willerby HU10 6ER

(01482) 652616

12 March 2020 Willerby Manor Hotel - Ceremonies (external website) 

Wrygarth Inn Station Road Great Hatfield HU11 4UY

(01964) 533300

11 August 2018  

What if the premises has an outside structure like a summer house or gazebo?

In certain circumstances it may be possible to include these on your licence, please check this when you apply. We may also be able to provide a civil celebratory ceremony outside such venues as long as the legalities are completed beforehand.

How much does it cost to become licensed?

There is a fee of £1,800 for a 3 year licence, this is for an unlimited number of rooms within your venue. Fees are reviewed in September and April each year.

Will I receive some guidance?

We are always at the end of a telephone to offer help and advice and have also produced a guidance booklet for approved premises.

Approved Premises Guidance Booklet (pdf 294kb opens in new window)

Who do I contact to enquire about becoming licensed?

Please contact the superintendent registrar by:

Email: registration.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 393600

The Register Office
Walkergate House
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BP.

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