Sex Establishments Licence

The Council has adopted schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, which covers the licensing of sex shops.

Sex shops means any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used for a business that consists to a significant degree of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating sex articles.

The main purpose of applications is to enable the sale of videos or DVDs classified as R18 by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to be sold. Such videos may be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops, of which there are currently about 90 in the UK.

Certain factors need to be considered when an application for a sex shop licence is made. These factors will include whether or not the premises are in an inappropriate location, for example near a school, a place of worship or family shopping area.

All applications must be advertised in the local press. In addition, where the application is in respect of a premise, a notice must be displayed outside the premises. Applications must also include a fee, the full details of which are available on the main Licensing page.