The Police and Crime Act 2009 provides additional regulatory powers to Local Authorities in respect of sex establishments. The council adopted the provisions of the amended legislation in order to regulate all sex establishments. The decision to adopt the legislation was made in December 2010.
The change in the law means the following adult entertainment venues are included in the classification of a 'sex establishment'
Although not a mandatory requirement, we have created a Sex Establishment Licensing Policy. This sets out how applications for all sex establishments will be administered, monitored and enforced. This will guide prospective applicants, residents and decision makers about the application process and the expectations of the council. It includes advice on where applications may be refused and what statutory grounds the council may refuse or grant an application.
In line with government guidelines, this Policy was publicly consulted on for three months between December 2010 and March 2011. It was approved along with standard licence conditions for each type of sex establishment. A further review made additional minor changes. The current version can be found below.
A decision was made to adopt a 'Zero' Policy across parts of the town centre area. This includes:
This means that applications for sex establishments within those areas are likely to be refused.
The policy also sets out specific areas where applications for sex establishments are unlikely to be granted. This includes:
We recommend you read the entire policy before making an application for a sex establishments licence.
Applications for sex establishments licences are unlikely to be considered acceptable in areas deemed to be within inappropriate proximity to:
If you require any information regarding Licensing of Sex Establishments, contact the Licensing Team.
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