- Latest available (Revised)
- Original (As enacted)
Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date. At the current time any known changes or effects made by subsequent legislation have been applied to the text of the legislation you are viewing by the editorial team. Please see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for details regarding the timescales for which new effects are identified and recorded on this site.
(1)In section 26(1) of the M1Marriage Act 1949 (marriages which may be solemnized on authority of superintendent registrar’s certificate) after paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—
“(bb)a marriage on approved premises;”.
(2)After section 46 of that Act there shall be inserted—
(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection with the approval by local authorities of premises for the solemnization of marriages in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of this Act.
(2)The matters dealt with by the regulations may include—
(a)the kinds of premises in respect of which approvals may be granted;
(b)the procedure to be followed in relation to applications for approval;
(c)the considerations to be taken into account by a local authority in determining whether to approve any premises;
(d)the duration and renewal of approvals;
(e)the conditions that must or may be imposed by a local authority on granting or renewing an approval;
(f)the determination and charging by local authorities of fees in respect of applications for the approval of premises and in respect of the renewal of approvals;
(g)the circumstances in which a local authority must or may revoke an approval;
(h)the review of any decision to refuse an approval or the renewal of an approval, to impose conditions on granting or renewing an approval or to revoke an approval;
(i)the notification to the Registrar General of all approvals granted, renewed or revoked;
(j)the keeping by local authorities of registers of approved premises;
(k)the issue by the Registrar General of guidance supplementing the provision made by the regulations.
(3)In this section “local authority” means a county council, metropolitan district council or London borough council.
(4)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different cases or circumstances.
(5)Any regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
(1)Any marriage on approved premises in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of this Act shall be solemnized in the presence of—
(a)two witnesses, and
(b)the superintendent registrar and a registrar of the registration district in which the premises are situated.
(2)Without prejudice to the width of section 46A(2)(e) of this Act, the Secretary of State shall exercise his power to provide for the imposition of conditions as there mentioned so as to secure that members of the public are permitted to attend any marriage solemnized on approved premises in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of this Act.
(3)Each of the persons contracting such a marriage shall make the declaration and use the form of words set out in section 44(3) of this Act in the case of marriages in registered buildings in the presence of a registrar.
(4)No religious service shall be used at a marriage on approved premises in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of this Act.”
(3)The Schedule to this Act contains amendments consequential on those set out above in this section.
(1)In section 35 of the M2Marriage Act 1949 (marriages in registration district in which neither party resides) after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—
“(2A)A superintendent registrar may issue a certificate or, if the marriage is to be by licence, a certificate and licence, for the solemnization of a marriage in the office of another superintendent registrar, notwithstanding that the office is not within a registration district in which either of the persons to be married resides.
(2B)A superintendent registrar may issue a certificate or, if the marriage is to be by licence, a certificate and licence, for the solemnization of a marriage on approved premises, notwithstanding that the premises are not within a registration district in which either of the persons to be married resides.”
(2)For section 36 of that Act (superintendent registrar to issue licences only for marriages to be solemnized in his registration district) there shall be substituted—
Subject to section 35 of this Act, a superintendent registrar shall not issue a licence for the solemnization of a marriage in a registered building which is not within his registration district.”
(1)This Act may be cited as the Marriage Act 1994.
(2)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may appoint by order made by statutory instrument; and different days may be appointed for different purposes.
Subordinate Legislation Made
Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.
Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.
Geographical Extent: Indicates the geographical area that this provision applies to. For further information see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
Show Timeline of Changes: See how this legislation has or could change over time. Turning this feature on will show extra navigation options to go to these specific points in time. Return to the latest available version by using the controls above in the What Version box.
Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:
This timeline shows the different points in time where a change occurred. The dates will coincide with the earliest date on which the change (e.g an insertion, a repeal or a substitution) that was applied came into force. The first date in the timeline will usually be the earliest date when the provision came into force. In some cases the first date is 01/02/1991 (or for Northern Ireland legislation 01/01/2006). This date is our basedate. No versions before this date are available. For further information see the Editorial Practice Guide and Glossary under Help.
Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:
Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including: