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
PDF format, 80.1kb) to adopt this new legislation from 1
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
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
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
Tacit Consent does not apply due to Public concern.