Sex establishments

Sex establishment renewals

You must ensure that your licence is renewed before it expires in order to continue operating. If your consent expires, you must stop trading until your licence is renewed.

It is suggested that you apply at least six weeks before your licence expires. This is to allow adequate time for all of your checks to be completed, for the 28 day consultation period to be completed, and for the licensing authority to make a decision on your application.

You will not lose time from your licence if you renew earlier. Your new licence will start from the expiry date of your existing consent.

The application process to renew a consent is exactly the same as applying for a new consent.


Applications must be submitted using our application form and with payment of the relevant fee. Licences are granted subject to our standard conditions and must be renewed annually.

Applications must be advertised in the local newspaper by a newspaper notice and on the premises by a site notice for at least 28 days.

It is in the public interest for us to process your application before granting it. We must make a decision on your application and you cannot assume it has been granted.


A renewal costs £129 for sex shops and sex cinemas, and £226 for sexual entertainment venues.


Applications may only be rejected for the following reasons:

  • the applicant is unsuitable
  • the applicant is a "front" for someone who is unsuitable
  • the suitability of the location of the premises

How to appeal                       

Appeals may be made to the magistrates' court within 21 days against a decision to refuse a licence, or to attach conditions to a licence, except where the refusal is on policy grounds only.

How to object or complain 

Objections must be made within the 28 day consultation period. Please also see objecting to licence applications.

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