A ‘sex establishment’ is defined under Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 the Act as:
- a ‘sex shop’,
- a ‘sex cinema’
- a ‘sexual entertainment venue’.
Any premises, vehicle or vessel or stall used for a business which consists to a significant degree of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating sex articles or other things intended for use in connection with, or for the purposes of stimulating or encouraging:
- sexual activity
- acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity.
Means any premises, vehicles, vessel or stall used to a significant degree for the exhibition of moving pictures by whatever means provided which are concerned with primarily with the portrayal of, or primarily deal with or relate to, or are intended to stimulate or encourage:
- sexual activity or
- are concerned primarily with the portrayal of, or primarily deal with or relate to, genital organs or urinary, or excretory functions, but does not include a dwelling house to which the public is not admitted.
Sexual Entertainment Venue
A sexual entertainment venue is any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer. Relevant entertainment means:
- any live performance; or
- any live display of nudity
which is of such a nature that, ignoring financial gain, it must reasonably be assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience (whether by verbal or other means) it includes, but is not limited to, lap dancing, pole dancing, table dancing, strip shows, peep shows and live sex shows.
What are the conditions of the license?
- be at least 18 years old
- not be disqualified from holding a sex establishment licence
- have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a corporate body, must be incorporated in the UK
- not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal
How will my application be determined?
You must give public notice of your application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper within 7 days of submitting your application. A notice of your application must also be displayed on the outside of the premises from the date the application is submitted.
Additional conditions may be attached to your licence.
How much will it cost?
Please refer to the relevant application
How do I apply?
Download and complete the application form and return it with the correct fee and documentation to the address below.
What if I have a complaint or concern?
If you have a complaint or concern contact us.
Please contact Licensing, providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.
Or write to:
City of Wolverhampton Council
St Peters Square