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Sexual Entertainment Venues

Sexual entertainment venue

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 read the documentation below.

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Please visit the Public Register Of Licences And Registrations

We are in the process of changing systems, this has disrupted the information held on the public register. If you would like to view information about a licence please send your request to

Contact Details
Licensing Service

St Albans City & District Council, Civic Centre, St Peter's St, St Albans AL1 3JE
Tel: 01727 819264