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Sexual Entertainment Venues

We have a policy for sex cinemas, sex shops and sex entertainment venues [pdf] 429KB.  

This policy is currently under review, and we welcome comments on the content of the current policy and future policy via open email to Licensing. We ask that any comments are received prior to 31 July 2023.

How to apply for a Sexual Entertainment Venues licence

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.

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

Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence Fees

Licence type Current Fee Fee from 01 April 2024











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