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 The following link opens in a new windowlist 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