Law Commission consultation on weddings law

Closes 4 Jan 2021

Chapter 12: Fees

Consultation Question 75:

We provisionally propose that there should be an additional, standard fee charged in cases where the registration officer must travel to one of the persons giving notice because that person is housebound or detained. The fee should be set nationally on a cost-recovery basis.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 76:

We invite consultees’ views as to whether the fee for both parties to give notice of a wedding involving a person who is terminally ill should be:

Consultation Question 77:

We provisionally propose that it should continue to be possible for couples to have a civil wedding in a register office, for a fee prescribed by regulation.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 78:

We provisionally propose that if any fee is charged for registration officers to ensure that a location is safe and dignified, that fee should be set by the local authority on a cost-recovery basis.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 79:

We provisionally propose that if there is an optional pre-approval process for wedding locations that regularly host weddings, any fee for pre-approval should be set by the local authority or Government body responsible for it, on a cost-recovery basis.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 80:

We provisionally propose that there should be an additional fee for a registration officer to officiate at a civil wedding outside the register office, which should be a standardised hourly rate to reflect the cost of the registration officer’s time in travelling to and from the wedding, prescribed by regulations to apply across England and Wales.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 81:

We provisionally propose that the principle that fees for discretionary services should be determined on a cost-recovery basis should continue to apply to additional services that local authorities provide, including for services registration officers provide beyond officiating at a civil ceremony.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 82:

We provisionally propose that the fees for a registration officer to officiate at a wedding at the place where a person is housebound or detained should be the same fees as prescribed for the registration officer to officiate at any other wedding outside the register office.

Do consultees agree?

Consultation Question 83:

We invite consultees’ views as to whether, for a registration officer to officiate at a wedding involving a party who is terminally ill:

Consultation Question 84:

We provisionally propose that the Registrar General should be able to prescribe a fee for an application to authorise an officiant, set at a level to recover any costs incurred in assessing the application.

Do consultees agree?