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Sex Shop and Adult Entertainment Licence

Summary (optional)
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.
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How to Apply

The application must be in writing and contain any information the local authority requires.

Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.


Licence Fee 
Sex Cinema  £1,200.00
Grant of a Sex Shop £1,200.00
Administration costs in considering such an application whether withdrawn, approved, or refused, equivalent to 25%  £455.00
Renewal (if no objections)  £455.00


An applicant:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • must have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK
  • 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

Legislation and Conditions

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

Processing and Timescales

You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period, 28 days.

Appeal/Redress mechanisms

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
  • Unless the applicant can show that these grounds should not apply to him
  • A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.

Licence holders may at any time apply to the authority for a variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions in their licence.

If an application for a variation is refused, or if the licence is revoked, the licence holder may, within 21 days of being notified of the imposition of, or the refusal to vary, the term, condition or restriction in question, or of the revocation, appeal to the local magistrates' court.

A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the relevant authority, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application.    

Contact Details

You may make your application:

In person:

By appointment: offices are open 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Coed Pella
Conway Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7AZ

By post:

Licensing Section
PO Box 1
LL30 9GN

Sex Shop Licence Application Form (Word)

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