Sex establishment licence

A sex establishment can either be a sex shop or a sex cinema:

  • a sex shop is a premises used for business which consists to a significant degree of selling sex articles
  • a sex cinema is any premises used for showing of films which are concerned primarily with, or relate to, or are intended to stimulate sexual activity 


Your can apply for a sex establishment licence online.


From 1 April 2020:

  • SEV (Sexual entertainment venue) application - £2850
  • SEV renewal - £1710
  • Sex Shop/Cinema application - £2850
  • administrative fee - £28.50

Change of licence

You can apply to change a sex establishment licence online. 

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