Sex Establishments - sex shops, adult cinemas and sexual encounter venues
A licence is needed before a sex establishment can be operated in Wychavon. This includes any shop selling sex articles (toys, books or videos) to a significant degree - or cinema showing adult categories of film.
Government has introduced a new category of sex establishment known as "sex encounter venues" and on 19th January 2011, our Licensing Committee resolved to recommend that the Council requires that any "sexual encounter venue" would need a licence. We plan to embrace this change and will develop a Policy and standard conditions soon. Our first draft can be read here. Meanwhile, adult entertainment such as "lap dancing" can't be offered to the public without being included on a Premises Licence.
NB A particular classification of Video Film (18 Restricted) can only be sold from a licensed sex establishment.
|Application Evaluation Process||
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached. Our current fees and charges can be read fees & charges. Applications must 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.
|Will Tacit Consent Apply?||
No. It is in the public interest that the authority grant a licence before you can operate as a sex establishment. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Online facilities are available through the national business link website. Government Gateway registration is required to use this service (follow instructions from these links)
|Apply by Post||Please contact us for application forms, or download them from here. Send completed application forms back to us together with the application fee|
|Failed Application Redress||
Please contact us, 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 (West Mercia Magistrates' Court Service, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3QZ).
However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:
|Licence Holder Redress||
Please contact us in the first instance.
A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition imposed on the grant of a licence can appeal to the 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.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
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.
All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
For direct public enquiries and referrals:
General Customer Enquiries
Telephone: 01905 822799