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Sex shops

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

Published on: 20 January 2021

Last updated: 20 January 2021

Redress information

Appeal process

If the applicant disagrees with any conditions, they may appeal under paragraph 27, schedule 3 of the 1982 Act to the City of Westminster Magistrate Court within 21 days from the formal decision being issued.

If an application is refused under paragraph 12(1), schedule 3 of the 1982 Act, the applicant doesn't have the right to appeal under paragraph 27 unless they prove the refusal doesn't apply to them.

The address for the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court is: 70 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AX.

If the application is refused under paragraph 12(3(c) or (d) of schedule 3 of the 1982 Act, the applicant doesn't have the right to appeal under paragraph 27.

If there are no grounds for appeal under paragraph 27, schedule 3 of the 1982 Act, the applicant can apply to judicially review the decision.

We recommend applicants seek legal advice regarding their appeal rights if they feel aggrieved by the application decision.

Local residents and businesses

Local residents and businesses can object new, renewal or variation applications. Objections must be submitted to the council in writing within 28 days from valid application being received by the council.