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1. Sexual Establishment Venue Licensing

On 7 December 2010 the council resolved to adopt Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, so that the provisions for the control of sexual entertainment venues would apply in this borough. The amended Schedule 3 gives the local authority more powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs and similar venues in the area. The new powers took effect on 7 February 2011.

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 shoes
  • Live sex shows

There is an exemption for premises which provide such entertainment less frequently than once a month.

The Home Office has also produced Guidance for England and Wales for Sexual Entertainment Venues.

Sexual Establishment Licensing - Fees

The fee for a new Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence is £5,000.

The fee for renewal of a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence is £5,000.