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Sex establishments

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

1. Overview

Sex establishments include sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues.

To understand the differences between these sex establishments, please consult the guidance notes.

In deciding whether to grant a licence for a sex establishment, we will take into account the character of the area, or the use of other premises in the area (for example, schools) and we may also have regard for the number of similar premises in the area.

Exempted premises

Premises which provide relevant entertainment on an infrequent basis are not required to be licensed as a sexual entertainment venue by us. These exempted premises are defined as premises where:

  • no relevant entertainment has been provided on more than 11 occasions within a 12 month period
  • no such occasion has begun within a period of one month beginning with the end of the previous occasion
  • no such occasion has lasted longer than 24 hours

We will carefully monitor the use of the exemptions, and take firm action should there be evidence of abuse of them.


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