Sex establishments

If you want to run a sex shop or adult cinema, you must get a licence from us.

A sex establishment can be a sex shop, sex cinema or sexual entertainment venue.

A sex shop is any 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 stimulate sexual activity.

A sexual entertainment venue is any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for financial gain.

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

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