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Sex Establishments

You will need a sex establishment licence if you would like to run a sex shop, sexual entertainment venue (lap dancing club), or a sex cinema. More information on the legislation relating to sex establishments can be found in the legislation. Information on how to apply for a licence is provided on this page.

You cannot assume that your licence has been granted, however long it has taken. If you have not heard about your application within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Anyone wanting to object to an application for a sex establishment must write to us stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application.

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Click to expandApply for a new licence

​​If you would like to apply for a sex establishment licence you will need to complete an application form (Word doc 555KB) and personnel forms (Word doc 462KB) for each employee. We have some guidance (PDF 81KB) on how to fill in the application and a fees document (PDF 255KB). We also have a policy (PDF 550KB) for the licensing of sex establishments which you must read before making your application.

You can’t make your application online yet but you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk. You can also post us your application to:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

Click to expandApply to renew your licence

​​If you would like to apply to renew your sex establishment licence you will need to complete an application form (Word doc 555KB) and personnel forms (Word doc 462KB) for each employee. We have some guidance (PDF 81KB) on how to fill in the application and a fees document (PDF 255KB). We also have a policy (PDF 550KB) for the licensing of sex establishments which you must read before making your application.

You can’t make your application online yet but you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk. You can also post us your application to:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

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Click to expandVary your licence or get permission for new advertising material

​​If you would like to apply for new advertising material for your sex establishment you will need to complete an application form (Word doc 555KB) and personnel forms (Word doc 462KB) for each employee. We have some guidance (PDF 81KB) on how to fill in the application and a fees document (PDF 255KB). We also have a policy (PDF 550KB) for the licensing of sex establishments which you must read before making your application.

You can’t make your application online yet but you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk. You can also post us your application to:

Leeds City Council
Entertainment Licensing
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1UR

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Click to expandTell us about a change of personnel in your shop or club

If you would like to advise us of change in personnel you will need to complete a form (Word doc 462KB) for each new employee.

You are not able to apply for this online, however you can return the form to us by email. There is no charge for a change in personnel details.

Click to expandConsumer Protection

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Should you have cause for complaint in relation to licensed premises, we would always recommend that you write to the business first. If that does not work please contact us and providing it is a matter covered by the legislation, we can investigate the complaint for you.​

Click to expandUse of Personal Data

​​We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you have provided in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.​

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