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Licensing a venue for marriages and civil partnerships

Before you apply

You should read the guidance notes and fire safety advice before submitting an application.​ We recommend that you contact us to arrange a visit to your premises before you submit an application.

Apply for a licence

Download the Approved Premises Licence application form.

Licence costs

The licence will be valid for a minimum of 3 years. You can apply to renew your licence if it expires in less than a year.

Public Notices for current licence applications

Dorset Council, which is responsible for the registration of births, deaths, civil marriages and civil partnerships in the council area, wishes to give notice that the following have applied for a venue to be approved under Section 26 (1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1949, as amended and under Section 6 (3A)(a) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 as amended) as a venue for the solemnisation of civil marriages and civil partnerships.

 Catherine Partridge        Springhead Trust, Mill Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury  SP7 0NU 2 April 2021
Debbie Sutton (Hall and Woodhouse Ltd) The Crown Hotel, 8 West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ 2 April 2021
Hazel Gousseau 

Purbeck House Hotel, 91 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LZ

2 April 2021
Laura Hazlerigg

Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Wareham BH20 5PG 

2 April 2021
Sarah McConnell 

Hooke Court, Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3NX

2 April 2021
Ben Lacy 

Partyfield and New Barn, Dorchester Road, Sturminster Marshall BH21 4EU

2 April 2021
Andrew Stevens   Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne BH21 5RP 2 April 2021
Byron Fiddler Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Fleet Road, Weymouth DT3 4ED 5 April 2021

 The application, together with a copy of the plan of the premises, is being held by the Proper Officer for Registration and may be viewed at the Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP, during normal office hours. View directions and opening times for the Dorset History Centre.

Any objection concerning the proposed grant of approval for the premises below should be sent in writing to Karyn Punchard, Proper Officer for Registration at County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ by the closing date shown.

Register a building for religious worship and marriage

Contact us for information about how to register a building for religious worship and religious marriage, or if you wish to apply to register a religious building for the solemnization of marriages.

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