Marriage: Registering a marriage venue

Approval summary

If you wish to offer Civil Marriages at your premises you must apply to East Dunbartonshire Council for approval of the place as a Civil Marriage venue in line with the guidance issued by the Registrar General. Applications for approval must include specified information and be accompanied by the correct fee. Please contact us to discuss.

Period approval is for a 3 year term and temporary approval can be granted for a specific date.

Eligibility criteria

Approval will not be granted if:

  • in the opinion of the local authority the applicant is not a fit and proper person
  • use of the place/venue for the solemnisation of Civil Marriage would compromise the solemnity and dignity of Civil Marriage
  • the place/venue is in religious premises
  • the place/venue is deemed unsuitable.

Conditions may be attached to approvals and a fee determined by the Council will be payable on application.

Regulation summary

The Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Regulations 2002:

  • permits Civil Marriages to be solemnised at locations other than registration offices
  • authorises local councils to approve locations for that purpose and to charge fees to meet related costs and for connected purposes
  • enables the Registrar General to give guidance on the above to local councils.

Further information is available from the National Records of Scotland.

Application evaluation process

The place must not have a recent or continuing connection with any religion or religious practice which would be incompatible with use of that place for the solemnisation of Civil Marriages.

The provision of a Registrar by East Dunbartonshire Council is subject to the availability of a Registrar on any given date.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact us.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the licensing authority by the end of a period of 120 days permitted for final determination of the application.


Apply for a Period Approval Certificate

There are two ways of applying:

  • download an application form to be completed and submitted to the address shown.
  • apply online using the appropriate link.


Failed application redress

Please contact East Dunbartonshire Council in the first instance.

Any person who is refused an approval can appeal to the Sheriff Court covering the area in which the place is located.

A Sheriff may give directions on the issue of approval.

Licence holder redress

Please contact East Dunbartonshire Council in the first instance.

Any approval holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Sheriff Court covering the area in which the place is located.

A Sheriff may give directions on the issue of a condition.

Application to change a Period Approval Certificate

Licence summary

If you wish to change your premises which currently offers Civil Marriages you must apply to East Dunbartonshire Council for approval in line with the guidance issued by the Registrar General.  Applications for change must include specified information and be accompanied by the correct fee. Please contact us for details of fee charged.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the licensing authority by the end of a period of 120 days permitted for final determination of the application.

Apply to change a Period Approval Certificate

There are two ways of applying:

  • download an application form to be completed and submitted to the address shown.
  • apply online using the appropriate link.