Please read our information about sex establishment licences and our sex establishment licensing policy before you apply. 

How to apply

You can apply for a sex establishment licence online.

You'll need to give:

  • your details
  • if you are applying as a business - details of any directors, partners, owners
  • details of all managers
  • details of the premises and the type of establishment it is
  • your opening hours
  • whether you or anyone involved with the application has been convicted of any crime or offence
  • a detailed plan of the premises.  This will need to be a scale plan of 1:100.  You can find out more about this in appendix B of our sex establishment policy.


You must put up public notices at the premises giving details of the application.  

A copy of that notice must also be advertised in a local newspaper.

More information and a template to follow are in our guidance for the display of notices for sex establishments.


You'll be charged a fee for this application. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.

Data Protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of processing your application for a sex establishment licence and administering any associated licence . Your information may be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions and will be provided to the relevant responsible authorities associated with the application. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice.