Sex establishment licences

Sex establishments are required to be licensed with the Local Authority under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

A sex establishment means either a:

  • sex shop - a premises used for business which consists to a significant degree of selling sex articles

  • sex cinema - any premises used to a significant degree to show films which are concerned primarily with, or relate to, or are intended to stimulate sexual activity

  • sexual entertainment venue - a premises where a live display/performance of nudity takes place in front of a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the performer.

To make an application:

An application will involve:

  • a notice advertising the application in the local press

  • a notice displayed outside the premises for a specific time period to give the public the opportunity to object to the application

  • copying the application to the Police

Fees and charges

  • initial application, transfer or variation - £2,500

  • renewal - £2,500

  • renewal where no objections or sub-committee hearing necessary - £2,500 (less refund of £2,200)

  • change of licence details - £150

Further information, please email

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