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Sex Establishment

Annual Sex Establishment Licence Fee                  £4390.00

 

To download our current Sex Establishment Application Form, Guidance Notes and Certificate, please click on the link below:

Sex Establishment Guidance Notes

Sex Establishment Application Form

Sex Establishment Form of Statement

Sex Establishment Licence Conditions

Suggested Form of Public Notice

 

If you would like to make an on-line payment, please use the link in the listing on the left hand side of this page.

 

If you would like to receive an application form by post, please use the link below which will generate a request with your requirements.

Request Form

 

Licence summary

 

To run a sex shop - i.e. any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from the local authority. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the local authority.

However, you may apply to the local authority requesting them to waive the requirement of a licence, but there are no circumstances currently where the Authority considers a licence inappropriate. 

Eligibility Criteria

 

 An applicant:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • 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

Regulation Summary

 A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application Evaluation Process

 

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

Applications must contain any information the local authority requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.

Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

 

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.  The target completion period for processing these applications is 40 working days.

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Apply for a licence for a sex establishment

Tell us about a change to your existing sex establishment licence

Failed Application Redress

 

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

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:

  • the number of sex establishments in the area exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate
  • the grant of the licence would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area, or the premises themselves

Licence Holder Redress 

 

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.

Consumer Complaint

 

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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Licence holders may at any time apply to the authority for a variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions in their licence.

If an application for a variation is refused, or if the licence is revoked, the licence holder may, within 21 days of being notified of the imposition of, or the refusal to vary, the term, condition or restriction in question, or of the revocation, appeal to the local magistrates' court.

A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

Other Redress

None

Trade Associations

Adult Industry Trade Association