Sex Establishment

 

 

Sex Licenisng

The licensing of sex establishments includes sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues.  Sex shops and cinemas are licensed under schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Sexual entertainment venues like lap dancing and pole dancing is the newest form of sex establishment introduced in 2009 by the Policing and Crime Act 2009.

 


Legislation in force in English Legislation  Welsh Legislation

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Primary Legislation

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Secondary Legislation

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Amendments

Description: Section 27 and Schedule 3 (Lap dancing and other sexual entertainment venues etcLap dancing and other sexual entertainment venues etc.)


Description: Any conditions imposed by the licensing authority that relate to any requirements or prohibitions that are or could be imposed by the Order automatically cease to have.


Description: Consequential provisions


Description: Commencement order


Description: Transitional and Saving Provisions Wales Order


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 Case Law

Key Words: Local authorities are entitled to include cost of enforcement against unlicensed operators in licensing fees.


Key Words: Local authorities are entitled to take “a fresh look” at the matter and accordingly, it is open to a local authority to refuse to renew a licence even where no change in the character of the relevant locality, policy, limits on number of permitted SEVs.


Key Words:  Appeal of R (Alistair Lockwood Thompson) v Oxford City Council [2013] EWHC 1819 (Admin). Local authorities are entitled to take “a fresh look” at the matter and accordingly, it is open to a local authority to refuse to renew a licence even where no change in the character of the relevant locality, licensing decision-makers are entitled to take into account both the present and future “character” of an area.


Key Words: Local authorities are entitled to take “a fresh look” at the matter and accordingly, it is open to a local authority to refuse to renew a licence even where no change in the character of the relevant locality, licensing decision-makers are entitled to take into account both the present and future “character” of an area.


Key Words: Standard conditions, policy, consultation, sexual entertainment venues


Key Words: licence fees, enforcement costs, Provision of Services Regs 2009


Key Words: licence fees, enforcement, Provision of Services Regs 2009


Key Words: Relevance of planning permission on licensing decisions, locality.


Key Words: Sex shops, freedom of expression, rights of property.   


Key Words: Sched 3 to the Local Government Act 1982 (as amended), sex encounter establishment, offence of knowingly using premises.


Key Words: nature of dancing, meaning of dancing, regulated entertianment under the Licensing Act 2003


Key Words: Use of premises, can licence one big premises even if a number of individual stall will undertake licensable activities, event organiser


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Other Documents

Guidance

The guidance is provided for local authorities carrying out their functions under Schedule 3, as amended by section 27. It will also be of use to operators, the police and the general public.


Other Documents

Sanders & Hardy, 2011, University of Leeds - written for Licensing practitioners. Summarises key findings from the study, explains the current phase two of the project, and describes how licensing conditions can be amended to include dancer welfare, particularly safety.

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Relevant Links

The Home Office is the lead government department for sex establishments.


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