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Trade licensing

Sex establishment licence

The Council has adopted the provisions of Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended, covering the licensing of sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues.

Apply online:

  • For a licence for a sex establishment licence
  • For a change to sex establishment licence

Eligibility, penalties and regulation summary

Details of the regulations and penalties can be found in A summary of the regulations and eligibility criteria for this licence 

The following additional information might also be helpful.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • Must have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK

Must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal.


Application evaluation process 

  • The usual period to process applications is 60 days 
  • The decision period will not begin until all required information has been received by the council and the fee paid

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Tacit consent will not apply.

If 'tacit consent' applies it means that an application is automatically approved if a decision is not made within the above decision period. In all other cases approval can only be obtained following the decision regardless of the time taken. 

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Public Register

Some applications will be recorded in a Public Register.

Last updated Wednesday, 8th March 2017

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