To run a sex shop - i.e. any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from the local authority. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the local authority.
Summary of legislation
Who needs to notify/apply
- must be at least 18 years old
- must not be disqualified from holding a licence
- must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal
How do I apply?
You can complete an online application form here. Alternatively you can download a form here, complete it and return it to the address given below. You can apply to change a licence using the online form here.
Applications must be in writing (including by electronic means) and contain any information the local authority requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.
Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.
How long will it take to consider the notification/application?
We will endeavour to contact you within 5 days of the receipt of your application for a licence. If you have not heard from us within this period, please contact us to ensure that your notice was correctly made and received.
How much will it cost to notify/apply?
The fees related to this licence can be found here.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it
If my application is refused, how do I appeal?
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence, may, within 21 days of being notified of the refusal, appeal to the local magistrates' court.
However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:
- the number of sex establishments in the area exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate
- the grant of the licence would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area, or the premises themselves
What if I have a complaint or concern?
There is no public register of premises.
For further information
For further information please contact the Licensing Team at the address given below.
Environmental Health Service
Richmondshire District Council
Telephone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186