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 2024:

  • SEV (Sexual entertainment venue) application - £3360
  • SEV renewal - £2015
  • Sex Shop/Cinema application - £3360
  • administrative fee - £33.50

Change of licence

You can apply to change a sex establishment licence online.