Sex establishment licence

If want to sell sex articles from your premises, operate a sex cinema or provide sexual entertainment to members of the public on a premises you may need have to a sex establishment licence. Anyone over the age of 18 years can apply for one. For more information about what is covered please contact us directly.

When we consider your application for a sex shop licence we must consider the following before making a decision:

You will not be able to apply if you have been disqualified from having a sex establishment licence, or had a previous application refused less than 12 months ago.

You can apply for a sex establishment licence online. Alternatively you can download a sex establishment licence application form and, once completed send it into us along with a 1:200 scale plan of your premises and the relevant fee. 

The fee to apply for the grant of a licence is £670 and the fee to apply for the renewal of a licence is £610.

Please note that the full fee is payable upon application and is not refundable if the application is unsuccessful.

You can find out how the Council constructs its fees by downloading the document Guidance on fee construction.

You must display a notice for 21 days beginning from the date we receive your application. The notice should be displayed on or near the premises, in a place where it is easy for the public to read.

You must also publish a public notice in the local newspaper within seven days of the application and send a copy of this notice to Licensing.

When we have received a full application, we begin a 28 day consultation period. This gives members of the public a chance to object. When the 28 days ends your application will be considered by the Licensing Committee.

The licence lasts for one year and you must apply to renew the licence one month before it expires.

You should allow at least three months for your application to be considered.

Laws and regulation

Sex establishments are regulated in accordance with Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.