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Sex Shops

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If a premises operates as a Sex Shop or Sex Cinema it will require a licence from this Authority.

To run a sex shop - ie any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from the council. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the council.

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The licence will include conditions to satisfy public safety and decency and also restrict admission to over 18 year olds.  Applicants must also give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.

Apply for a licence

Please note the following amendments to the Sex Establishment Policy

  1. Page 24 – definition of 'Relevant Entertainment' the word "display of" to be inserted on the first line between the words "live" and "nudity".
  2. Page 26 – paragraph 3.3 (d) (iii) final word "made" to be replaced with "determined".


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