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Sex shops

To open a sex shop, you must apply for a licence.

Published on: 20 January 2021

Last updated: 4 February 2021

Renewing your licence

You must renew your licence every year before it expires.

Only licences holder or their agent can renew a licence, but new operators can take over the licence with a transfer application.

Renewal application form

In addition to renewing licences, they can be varied or transferred at any time during the licensed period.

To apply online you must pay the correct fee by credit or debit card.

Displaying notice

Applicants must display notice in a local newspaper circulating the area where the premises is located at least once and within 7 days of the date the application was submitted.

The same notice must also be displayed on the premises for 21 days from the date we receive the application.

Download public notice template (doc, 12KB)