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Sex establishment licence

Apply for a sex establishment licence

There are three types of sex establishment that require a licence:

  • sex shop
  • sex cinema
  • sexual entertainment venue

How to apply

This form should be used for the folowing:

  • new sex establishment licence
  • variation to a sex establishment licence
  • transfer of a sex establishment licence


  • £2,210 for a new licence or variation of a licence
  • £550 for transfer of a licence

Eligibility, penalties and regulation summary

  • if granted, a licence will be valid for one year

View details of the sex estabishment regulations and penalties for this licence.

Applicants must also:

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

  • usual period to process applications is 60 days
  • 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

This means that approval can only be obtained following the decision, regardless of the time taken.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period contact us at:

Last updated Wednesday, 2nd August 2023

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