Sexual Entertainment Venue Licensing

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The Council has a number of powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs and similar venues in the area. In 2010, the Council resolved a ‘nil’ policy for Sexual Entertainment Venues and Licences in line with the ‘nil’ policy for Sex Establishments and Sex Cinemas . This means that applications will not generally be deemed to be appropriate.  However, as always with Planning related matters, each application will be dealt with on its merits.

The forms of 'relevant' entertainment commonly understood to be connected with Sexual Entertainment Venues are (though this is not a comprehensive list):

•          Lap dancing

•          Pole dancing

•          Table dancing

•          Strip shows

•          Peep shows

•          Live sex shows

There is an exemption for premises where the sexual entertainment is provided infrequently, i.e. not more than eleven occasions in a twelve month period. 

You can now apply on line for sexual entertainment venues and if you wish to do so please follow this link:

Date of last review: 14 August 2015