Sexual Entertainment Venue Licensing

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On 15th September 2010 the Council resolved to adopt Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 so that the provisions for the control of sexual entertainment venues would apply in this District.

Dancer 2The amended Schedule 3 gives the Local Authority more powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs and similar venues in the area. The Council also 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 each application will be dealt with on its merits.

Paragraph 12 of Schedule 3 sets out the grounds for refusing an application for the grant of a licence. This could be that the number of sex establishments of a particular kind, in the relevant locality at the time the application is determined is equal to or exceeds the number which the authority consider appropriate for that locality, or that a sex establishment would be inappropriate having regard to the ‘character of the relevant locality’. Nil may be the appropriate number.

The new powers took effect in St Albans from 1st November 2010.

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, they must be greater than one month apart and must not last for more than 24 hours. These premises will still be regulated under the Licensing Act 2003 and would need to apply for Temporary Event Notices.

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: 17 November 2014