Civil Registration Act 2004

Places and times for the solemnisation of marriages.


52.—(1) Notwithstanding any statutory provision that conflicts with this subsection, a marriage may be solemnised only at a place and time chosen by the parties to the marriage with the agreement of the registered solemniser concerned and (if the registered solemniser is a registrar and the place chosen is not the office of a registrar) the approval of the place by F160 [ the Executive ], and the question whether to give or withhold such an approval shall be determined by F160 [ the Executive ] by reference to such matters as may be specified by the Minister.

(2) ( a) Where a registrar who is a registered solemniser solemnises a marriage at a place other than the office of a registrar, a fee of such amount as F160 [ the Executive ] may determine shall be paid by the parties to the marriage to the registrar.

  ( b) Where travel or subsistence expenses are incurred by a registrar who is a registered solemniser in connection with the solemnisation of a marriage by him or her at a place other than his or her office, an amount in respect of the expenses, calculated by reference to a scale drawn up by F160 [ the Executive ], shall be paid to the registrar by the parties to the marriage.

  ( c) An amount payable under paragraph (a) or (b) may be recovered by the registrar concerned from the parties to the marriage concerned as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.

F161 [ (2A) In this section a reference to a place means a place that is open to the public. ]

(3) In this section a reference to a registered solemniser, in relation to a marriage which a person is temporarily authorised under section 57 to solemnise, includes a reference to that person.

F162 [ (4) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a marriage solemnised in the circumstances described in subparagraph (i) and (ii) of section 51(2)(c) . ]




Substituted (1.01.2005) by Health Act 2004 (42/2004), s. 75 and sch. 6 part 26 item 18, S.I. No. 887 of 2004.


Inserted (18.08.2015) by Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 (34/2014), s. 17, S.I. No. 357 of 2015.


Inserted (5.11.2007) by Health Act 2007 (23/2007), s. 105 and sch. 2 part 5 item 2, S.I. No. 735 of 2007.