Sex establishments licences

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. View a summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

However, you may apply to the local authority requesting them to waive the requirement of a licence.

Eligibility criteria

An applicant:

  • 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

Application forms

Use the links below for the following online application forms.

You can download a PDF forms using the following links.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

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.

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. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below. The target for dealing with these applications is 50 working days from the date an application is received by the Council.

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

Licensing Section, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT
Tel:
 01773 570222
E-mail: licensing@ambervalley.gov.ukk

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

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

Licensing Section, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT
Tel:
 01773 570222
E-mail: licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court. In Scotland licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to the local sheriff.

Consumer complaint

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.

Other redress

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.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841604 or email licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk