Sex Establishments are required to be licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
A sex establishment can either be a Sex Shop, a Sex Cinema or a Sexual Entertainment Venue.
A sex shop is a premises used for business which consists to a significant degree of selling sex articles.
A sex cinema is any premises used to a significant degree for showing of films which are concerned primarily with, or relate to, or are intended to stimulate sexual activity.
A sexual entertainment venue is a venue that generally offers one or more of the following:
Applications will generally only be granted if they are in predominantly commercial areas. Applications will not normally be granted if they are to be within:
Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the legislation.gov.uk website.
The law defines the way in which an application is made, which include advertising a notice of the application in the local press and displaying a notice outside the premises for a specific time period to give passers by the opportunity to comment by a statutory closing date.
When considering an application for a sex establishment licence we may only use the following criteria:
Anybody who operates a sex establishment without a licence or fails to comply with licence conditions or admits persons under the age of 18 is committing an offence.
Penalties upon conviction can range from £1000 to £20,000.
To apply for a Sex Establishment Licence please download and complete the form below.
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To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or contact us.
Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence, may, within 21 days of being notified of the refusal, appeal to the local magistrates' court.
However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or Gov.uk for advice. From outside of the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.