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Sexual entertainment venues : Ashford Borough Council

Sexual entertainment venues

The Policing and Crime Act came into effect on 6 April 2010. One of the effects of that Act is to enable local authorities to adopt powers in that act, including sex entertainment venues (SEVs).

On 17 February 2011 Ashford Borough Council passed a resolution specifying that amendments made by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 to Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 apply to Borough of Ashford with effect from 1 April 2011.

The council has a policy for sex cinemas, sex shops and sex entertainment venues which was agreed by the council on 12 January 2017.

Download our SEV policy [pdf] 388KB.

How to apply for a sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence

Your completed application should be submitted to Ashford Borough Council, Licensing, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL.

You must submit a copy of your application to the address above within seven (7) days of submitting the application to the Police Licensing Team: Chief Officer of Police, Ashford Police Station, Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1BT.

Advertisement of application

Applicants for a sex establishment licence must give public notice [pdf] 30KB of the application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper that is circulated in the borough of Ashford no later than seven (7) days after the date the application is made.

Where the application relates to a premises, a notice must also be displayed on or near the premises in a place where it can be conveniently read by members of the public. The notice must be displayed for a period of 21 days beginning on the day the application is made using the above Public Notice.
Most sexual entertainment venues will require a premises licence or club certificate granted under the Licensing Act 2003, as well as a sex establishment licence, in order to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, and provide late night refreshment.


New SEV Licence £3,236.00
Renewal £300.00
Transfer £300.00

Contact us

Email the Licensing team.


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