If you run a sex establishment you need to apply for a licence. A sex establishment is:
The licensing of sex establishments is regulated under schedule three of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
You should also take a look at our Sex Establishment Licensing Policy.
To be eligible to apply for a licence you:
If you are eligible you can apply online on the GOV.uk website.
You need to pay a fee of £4,180 and will need to include an area street plan, internal layout plan of the premises and a notice of intent to run a sex shop/establishment.
Once you have made an application you need to advertise your intentions in the local newspaper within seven days of your application being received by us.
It takes 42 days to process your application. You can act as if the licence has been granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion date which is two months from the date of application.
You need to renew your licence every year and pay a fee of £4,180.
If you need to make changes to your business, make changes to the layout of your premises or transfer your licence to a new licence-holder who will run the business in future you must let us know. You can tell us online on the GOV.uk website and will need to pay a fee of £2,040.
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