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Sexual Entertainment Venues

We have a policy for sex cinemas, sex shops and sex entertainment venues, which was agreed on 12 January 2017.

Please email the licensing team to request a copy of our policy.

How to apply for a Sexual Entertainment Venues licence

Please email the licensing team to apply for a sexual entertainments venue licence.

Advertisement of application

Applicants for a Sexual Entertainments Venue licence must give public notice of the application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper that is circulated in the borough of Ashford, no later than seven 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 Premises Certificate granted under the Licensing Act 2003. They will also need a Sexual Entertainment Venues licence in order to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, and provide late night refreshment.

Please email the licensing team to request a form for public notice of the application.

Fees with effect from 01 April 2020

Licence type Transaction type Fee
Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence
New
£3,397.00
Renewal
£324.00
Transfer
£324.00