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Sex establishments

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

2. Apply for sex establishment licence

A licence cannot be granted:

  • a) To anyone under 18 years of age
  • b) To someone who has held a licence that was revoked in the last 12 months (from the date of revocation)
  • c) To someone who has been refused a new or renewal of licence within the last 12 months prior to the date of making an application
  • d) To an individual who is not resident in the United Kingdom or has not been resident for 6 months prior to making an application
  • e) To a company not incorporated in the United Kingdom

We may refuse a licence if:

a) The applicant is unsuitable to hold a licence because they have been convicted of an offence or for any other reason

b) Were the licence to be granted, renewed or transferred, the business to which it relates would be managed or carried on for the benefit of a person other than the applicant, who would have been refused a licence if they had applied themselves

c) The number of sex establishments or sex establishments of a particular kind in the relevant locality at the time the application is determined is equal to or exceeds the number which we consider is appropriate for that locality

d) The grant or renewal of licence would be inappropriate having regard to:

  • i. the character of the relevant locality
  • ii. the use to which the premises in the vicinity are put; or
  • iii. the layout, character or condition of the premises, vehicle, vessel or stall in respect of which the application is made

In order to assist the trade and public alike a Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy has been adopted. The policy includes the principles to be applied when considering applications for sex establishments, the application process itself and the grounds for objection, refusal, the hearings procedure and the grounds for appeal.

How much does it cost?

Sex establishment licence pricing.
Sex Establishment Licence Cost
New application for licence £2,968
Renewal of licence £1,564

How do I apply?

  1. Download and complete the Sex Establishment Application Form
  2. Download and complete the Public Notice Form. On the day of your application you must display the notice on the premises. See the instructions included
  3. Enclose two photos of the applicant. One must be endorsed as a true likeness. See our photo submission guidance
  4. Arrange to pay the correct fee. Cheques are accepted, or if you would prefer an invoice please email to register your details with us

Submit your application to:

Licensing, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1AU


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