Cheltenham Borough Council
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Sex establishment licence

Sex establishment licences

Licence summary

To run a sex shop - that is to say any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from us under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from us.

However, you may apply to us requesting that we waive the requirement of a licence.

Eligibility criteria

An applicant:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • must have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK
  • must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

Applications must be in writing (including by electronic means) and contain any information that we require, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.

Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.