To run a sex shop - i.e. any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from the local authority. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the local authority. However, you may apply to the local authority requesting them to waive the requirement of a licence.
Apply for a sex shop and cinema licence (Opens in a New Window)
Change a sex shop and cinema licence (Opens in a New Window)
Are You Eligible?
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
How We Process Your Application
Your application will be processed within 3 months.
If you do not receive the license, you will be not be able to trade.
Find out more about Appeals and Complaints
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