Licensing of sex establishments

This page sets out our policy on the regulation of sex establishments and the procedure relating to applications for sex 
establishment licences.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 ('the Act') introduced a licensing regime to control sex establishments. We adopted schedule 3 of the Act on 31 March 2010 and the schedule took effect on 3 August 2010. This means we can control and regulate the operation of certain kinds of sex establishments within our area. No sex establishment can operate unless it has obtained a licence from us. Any licence may contain conditions that will restrict how that sex establishment may trade.