License your venue

Kent County Council licenses Kent venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships. A venue licence needs to be renewed every 3 years.

Suitable venues and regulations

Venues, including gazebos, must be a permanent structure and must fulfil the licence requirements and conditions. Temporary structures, such as marquees, cannot be licensed.

Before you apply, read the licensing information booklet (PDF, 1.1 MB) which includes venue and gazebo regulations and licence conditions.

Licence fees

The below figures are for a 3 year licence:

  • 1 ceremony room: £2,100
  • All additional ceremony rooms/areas: £100 each (at time of initial application)
  • Appeal against refusal of licence/ licence conditions/ decision to revoke: £1,000

Apply for a licence

Before you begin the process, we can inspect your venue for free. We can give you advice about your venue before you submit a formal application.

If you would like a free inspection of your venue contact us, email or call 03000 41 40 03.

I don't agree with a decision

If your application has been declined, you have the right to have a review of the decision.

If you would like to have a review of the decision contact us, call 03000 41 40 03 or email

Current venue licence applications in Kent

You can view a list of the current venue licence applications we have received.

If you have any questions about applying for a venue licence contact us, call 03000 41 40 03 or email