We have had to change the way that some of our service operates to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We license venues in Torbay for civil ceremonies. If a licence is granted it must be renewed every three years.

Before you apply for a licence, your venue must:

  • Be a permanent structure or a permanently moored boat or other vessel. It should have a minimum of two rooms, one for the ceremony and one for confidential interviewing. In exceptional circumstances the need for a second room for interviewing may be waived.
  • Not have a current or recent religious connection
  • Be a seemly and dignified venue for the proceedings
  • Be regularly available to the public
  • Have public liability insurance and a current fire risk assessment


The application procedure for a licence is very straightforward and advice is available throughout the process. Complete and submit the application form below with all relevant documentation and fee to the address provided on the application form.

Once we have received the application we will arrange a visit to carry out an inspection and place a statutory public notice in the local press.

21 days after the notice has been placed, if we have received no objections to the licensing of your venue, your venue will become approved and a licence will be granted which is valid for three years.

If a licence is granted and during the 3 year period you would like an additional room to be included in the licence, you will need to complete the application and provide a suitable plan of the area.

Licence type Fee
Licence an approved premise £1550
Renew a licence for an approved premise £1120
Additional room to be added to a current licence £130