Sex establishment licence

Sex establishments must be licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by the Policing and Crime Act 2009.

The definition of sex establishment includes:

Sex shop

Premises, vehicles or stalls used for selling, displaying or demonstrating sex articles (which may include R18-certificate videos and DVDs) or other things used in connection with sexual activity or acts of force or restraint associated with it.

Sex cinema

Where R18-certificate films can be shown

Sexual entertainment venue

Premises where entertainment made up of live sexually stimulating performances or displays of nudity is provided in front of an audience, for the financial gain of the organiser or performers. Providing this entertainment on no more than 11 occasions a year, with at least one calendar month between each event, doesn't require a sex establishment licence.

Cost

  • Application fee: £1603 plus on the application being successful £2507 monitoring/enforcement fee payable on grant of the  licence. The licence will be issued and become effective on payment of the monitoring/enforcement fee - Total £4110
  • Annual/Renewal fee: £868 plus on the application being successful £2507 monitoring/enforcement fee payable on grant of the  licence. The licence will be issued and become effective on payment of the monitoring/enforcement fee - Total £3,375
  • Variation fee: £843
  • Transfer fee: £791

You must not begin/continue operating a sex establishment until your application for a licence/renewal is granted, the fee for monitoring/enforcement paid and the licence issued.

Apply for a sex establishment licence