Licence - sex shops

‌‌‌Sex Establishment Licences

Sex Establishments are required to be licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and Sexual Entertainment venues are required to be licensed under the Policing and Crime Act 2009.

Types of sex establishment licences:

  • A sex cinema
  • A sexual entertainment venue
  • A sex shop.

A sex shop is a premises used for business which consists to a significant degree of selling sex articles.

A sex cinema is any premises used to a significant degree for showing of films which are concerned primarily with, or relate to, or are intended to stimulate sexual activity.

A sexual entertainment venue is defined as ‘any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer’. Relevant entertainment applies to lap dancing, pole dancing, table dancing, strip shows, peep shows, live sex shows or variations of these.

Ultimately, decisions to licence premises as sexual entertainment venues shall depend on the content of the entertainment provided and not the name it is given.

How much will a licence cost?

Licensing current fees

How do I apply?‌

The law defines the way in which an application is made. You will need to advertise notice of the application in the local press and display a Sex establishment notice outside the premises for a specific time period to give passers by the opportunity to comment by the statutory closing date. You must complete an application form for a Sex establishment application by individual or a Sex establishment application by a company

When considering an application for a sex establishment licence we may only consider the following criteria;

  • The suitability of the applicant.
  • The location and situation of the premises in relation to other premises in the vicinity.
  • Whether the number of sex establishments in that locality is equal to, or exceeds the number which we consider appropriate for the area.

See our Sex establishment policy for more details.

instructions on how to pay for your application.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Friday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Useful forms


Contact details

Post address:
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641951
Minicom: 01332 640666
Fax: 01332 643299
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street