Sex establishment licences

We may only use the following criteria to consider an application for a sex establishment:

  • the suitability of the applicant
  • whether the applicant will carry on the business for the benefit of another person who would be refused a licence if they made the application themselves
  • the character of the relevant locality where the premises are to be situated
  • whether the number of sex establishments, or sex establishments of a particular kind, in the relevant locality at the time is appropriate for the locality.

Nil may be the appropriate number and the council has resolved the relevant locality shall be the 'ward' in which the premises are to be situated.

Fees and payments

  • Grant: £2606
  • Renewal: £2606
  • Variation: £2606
  • Minor Variation: £685
  • Transfers: £685

Payment must be made through the council's online payments system.

You can pay for more than one licence in a single transaction.

To apply

Email the Licensing Team at for an application form and further information.

You will need to complete and return the application form with the application fee payment reference.