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Sex establishment licence

Our policy

Definitions

Eligibility criteria

Apply for a licence

Appeals

If you wish to run a business which is defined as a sex shop, sex cinema or sexual entertainment venue you must get a licence from us.

Our policy

Our pdf icon Sexual entertainment venue policy [440kb] outlines how we deal with application for a licence. There is no maximum number of establishments for the area. However we will consider new applications and locations robustly before granting any licences.

Definitions

A sexual entertainment venue is any premises at which live performances or live display of nudity is provided. This includes lap dancing, strip shows and similar entertainment.

A sex shop is any premises used for the business of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating sex articles, or other things intended for use in connection with sexual activity. This includes adult films and magazines.

A sex cinema is any premises used for exhibition of moving pictures which are primarily concerned with portraying sexual activity.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a licence, you must be:

  • At least 18 years-old.
  • Not disqualified from holding a licence.
  • Resident in the UK for at least six months immediately before the application or for corporate bodies, be incorporated in the UK.
  • Not have been refused a licence for the premises in the last 12 months unless it was reversed on appeal.

Apply for a licence

An application fee must be paid when you make your pdf icon application for a sex establishment licence [79kb]. We will confirm that we have received both your application and fee in writing and arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises.

You are legally required to advertise pdf icon notice of application [11kb] in the local press. You must also display a notice outside the premises for a specific period of time, giving residents the opportunity to comment.

When considering your application, we will look at:

  • your suitability
  • whether you are a 'front' for someone else
  • the character of the area, and
  • relevant representations made.

Appeals

You can appeal to Mansfield Magistrates' Court against a decision.  This must be done within 21 days from receiving our decision notice.

This applies to:

  • application refusal (new, renewal or variation),
  • conditions attached to a licence, and
  • revocation.

The right to appeal does not apply if the refusal was on the grounds that:

  • The number of sex establishments in the areas is more than we consider appropriate.
  • It would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area or the premises themselves.

You may also appeal to the Crown Court against a decision of a Magistrates' Court.



Page last updated: 12 June 2018

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