Sex establishment licence
You need a licence to run a sexual entertainment establishment, such as a sex shop, a sex cinema or a sexual entertainment venue.
Licences for sex establishments are granted under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Who can apply
To apply for a licence you must:
be at least 18 years old
not be disqualified from holding a licence
have been resident in the UK at least 6 months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK
not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal
Before you start
Applications must include:
the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age
the full name of the company, its registered or principle address and the full names and addresses of the directors and management
the address of the premises and the hours and days when it is intended to trade
Apply for a licence in Christchurch and East Dorset
Complete the application form and return it to us along with the licence fee:
Apply for a licence in North Dorset
Complete the application form and return it us along with the licence fee.
Apply for a licence in Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland
You can apply for a licence on Gov.uk. You'll need a debit card and to provide copies of the internal layout plan of the premises and a location plan.
Change an existing licence in Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland
Apply to change your existing licence on Gov.uk. You'll need a debit or credit card and to provide copies of the plan of premises layout, location plan and criminal record check.
Displaying your application notice
You must give public notice of your application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper within 7 days of the application being made and a notice must be displayed on or near the premises, where it can be conveniently read for 21 days, beginning on the day the application is made.