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Sex Establishments

Sex establishments are licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. A sex establishment can either be a sex shop, a sex cinema or a sexual entertainment venue. To run a sex establishment, you will need to be licensed by us. The Council adopted a policy on sex establishments in 2022.  It is illegal to open/operate any such venue without a licence.

There are no such licensed establishments in the district at this time.

You should read our Sex Establishment Policy (.pdf | 1.70mb) before you submit an application.  All applications would be considered by the Council’s Licensing Committee in accordance with the Policy.  If you believe your application may be successful under the policy, you can obtain an application form and details of current fees from the Council’s licensing Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01246 231111.