Sex Establishments

Sex Establishments require a licence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

A sex establishment can either be a sex shop or a sex cinema.

In addition, a sexual entertainment venue will require a licence. A sexual entertainment venue is defined as any premises at which 'relevant entertainment' is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer. The forms of 'relevant entertainment' commonly understood to be connected with sexual entertainment venues are (though this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Lap dancing
  • Pole dancing
  • Table dancing
  • Strip shows
  • Peep shows
  • Live sex shows

Licences for sex establishments can be granted for up to one year.