Where Euro Network/Business Link logo is over on right hand side of page there is an ability to apply online. Alternatively, hard copy forms are available to download at the bottom of this page for submission to local authority via person, post or email (these will not be treated as an online application).
Sex establishments are required to be licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and are required by persons wishing to use any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall for the purpose of sex shop or sex cinema. A sex shop is a premises used for business which consists to a significant degree of selling sex articles. A sex cinema is any premises used to a significant degree for showing of films which are concerned primarily with, or relate to, or are intended to simulate sexual activity.
The law defines the way in which an application is made, which include advertising notice of the application in the local press and displaying a notice outside the premises for a specific time period to give passersby the opportunity to comment by a statutory closing date. When considering an application for a licence the Council may only use the following criteria:
- the suitability of the applicant;
- whether the person applying is a "front" person for someone else;
- the location and situation of the premises in relation to other premises in the area;
- whether the number of sex establishments in that locality is equal to, or exceeds the number which the Council considers appropriate for the area.
Once an application has been received an appointment will be made to carry out an inspection.
The application will be determined within 56 days from the receipt by this authority of an acceptable and complete application.
These can be access or downloaded below. If you are unable to access them or require a hard copy please contact email@example.com.
If you wish to apply online please see the External Links above.
- Apply online:
- The Office of Public Sector Information - Operating from within the National Archives, the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is at the heart of information policy, setting standards, delivering access and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. OPSI provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information.