London Borough of Croydon

Approval summary

If you operate a business premises and would like to offer it as a venue for marriages or civil partnerships you should apply to us for approval.

To view a list of premises currently approved for ceremonies, see the downloadable document below.

Eligibility criteria

The approval is valid for three years from the date of issue; a fee is payable on application.

Legislation summary

Marriage Act 1994 and Civil Partnerships Act 2004.

How to apply

If you are applying for a new approval, you can apply online.

If you prefer to apply by post please download the form below and once completed send it to the licensing team at the address below, together with a cheque for the relevant fee. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

A notice of the application must be placed in a local newspaper, click on the download below for a specimen notice.

View the current fee.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, a licensing officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises. The inspection will be to ensure that the premises meet the standards required by the conditions of approval which can be viewed below.

The council's registrar will also visit the premises to ensure that it is seemly and dignified for ceremonies to be undertaken.

The council's access officer will also visit your premises to ensure that the premises are accessible to wheelchair users etc.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Your approval will only be issued to you when all the above inspections/checks have been carried out and the premises meets the required standards.  The approval may also list additional site specific conditions.

Renewal of an approval

If you already hold an approval, you can renew it online.

Alternatively payment can now be made over the telephone by credit or debit card, if you would like to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466.

Variation to an existing approval

If you currently hold an approval and would like to add additional rooms to the approval please click on the download 'variation application form' below and once completed send it to the licensing team with the current fee.

Failed application redress

Any person who is refused an approval can appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Licence holder redress

Any approval holder who objects to any of the conditions attached to the approval may appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Other redress

Please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Trade associations




020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Croydon Council, Licensing Team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA


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