Sex Establishment

Yet another Private Member’s Bill has been introduced seeking to amend licensing legislation – this time the regulation of sex establishments.


The Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 28 January 2014 under the Ten Minute Rule sponsored by Diana Johnson, MP for Kingston upon Hull North.


Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, called on the Government to tighten the regulation of exempt sexual entertainment.

Hemming v Westminster – LGA BriefingThe Local Government Association has published a briefing note on the Hemming v Westminster case for Local Authorities.

Secrets v London Borough of CamdenFor many years prior to the adoption of the sexual entertainment venue provisions in the Policing and Crime Act, Secrets have run sexual entertainment venue s in Euston, Holborn, Swiss Cottage and Covent Garden for many years, without regulatory problems.

Last week we reported that Westminster City Council lost an appeal following an earlier High Court decision that its sex licence fees were unlawful.

The approved Court of Appeal judgement is now available on Licensing Resource.

In a judgement predicted to have a huge impact on the funding of regulation, Westminster City Council has lost its appeal against an earlier High Court decision ruling that its licensing fees for sex shops were un

R (KVP ENT LTD) v South Bucks DCIn this case a licensing sub-committee of South Buckinghamshire District Council refused to grant an application for a Sexual Entertainment Licence (SEL).

The subcommittee refused the application on the grounds that the grant of this SEL would be inappropriate having regard to –

- the character of the locality where the Premises are situated

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.


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