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Sex establishments

Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 allows for the licensing of sex establishments, which includes sex shops and sex cinema.


A sex shop is any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used for a business that consists to a significant degree of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating sex articles.


New legislation identifies a new category of sex establishment called a ‘Sexual Entertainment Venue’ and gives the Council the power properly regulate and control such venues that might otherwise operate outside the law. The Council passed a resolution (Adobe PDF format, 80.1kb) to adopt this new legislation from 1 November 2010.


The following forms of entertainment, as they are commonly understood, are likely to be included:

  • Lap dancing
  • Pole dancing
  • Table dancing
  • Strip shows
  • Peep shows
  • Live sex shows

Certain factors need to be considered when applying for a sex establishment licence. These include whether or not the premises are in an inappropriate location, for example near a school, a place of worship or family shopping area.


To apply, complete the application form below and provide information regarding how the Council's conditions will be met. Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.


There are no licensed sex establishments in the borough at the present time.




By post:

The current application fee is £6019.94


Will tacit consent apply?

There is a 28 day consultation period on all applications. Following this period, the application must be determined by the Licensing and Appeals Committee in due course. This will be done expediently as possible but it is not possible to set definite timescales.
Tacit Consent does not apply due to Public concern.

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Last Updated: 1/29/2014

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West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire L39 2DF
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