Registering a building as a place of worship
You can apply to have a building legally registered for use as a place of worship or to have an existing place of worship registered as a venue for religious marriage ceremonies.
In both cases you'll need to provide:
- a drawing of the building, showing the use of each room (this doesn't need to be an architectural drawing)
- weekly programme of events
Wedding venue applications will also need a copy of the proposed marriage ceremony showing where our legal declaration of marriage is included as a permanent feature.
Venues can become approved premises for civil marriages, but the owner/leaseholder must apply for a licence first.
If you're looking for a location, view the list of approved premises for civil marriages.
How to apply
You'll need to visit the Southwark Register Office to collect the application forms - two are required for each registration.
- place of worship - £28
- religious wedding venue - £120 (for existing religious buildings)
- for both - £148
Payments are to made by cheques (payable to London Borough of Southwark).
Page last updated: 04 August 2017