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.