Licensing of Premises for Ceremonies

The Council of the Isles of Scilly Registration Service issues licences to venues on any of the inhabited islands to enable them to host ceremonies for the formation of civil marriages, civil partnerships and the conversion of civil partnerships to marriage.

For the purposes of the licensing process the Registration Service can only accept applications and payment from the venue owner or an authorised person (eg. Manager) and not from a couple planning to hold a ceremony at the venue.

Once the licensing process has been completed successfully a 3 year licence will be issued and the venue will then be able to offer civil ceremonies but only in liaison with the Council's Registration Service; ceremonies will be conducted by the Council's Registration Officers.

Before submitting a formal application

Before submitting a formal application venues should contact the Superintendent Registrar on 01720 424501 or who will provide advice and guidance on the licensing process and arrange an inspection of the venue.

Following a successful inspection the Superintendent Registrar will provide an application form and accompanying guidance notes.

Regulations Summary

Please note that tacit approval does not apply to this application as this process is regulated by the following legislation, and the licence cannot be granted unless all the criteria are met.