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Sex establishment licence

Information on sex establishment and sex cinema licence requirements and link to apply online

Licence summary

If you run a sex cinema or sex establishment, you may need a licence from the Borough Council. You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence. Applications will also be subject to a fee.

Eligibility criteria: Applications for a licence, renewal or transfer of a licence must be made in writing (including by electronic means) to the borough council.  Advertisements must be placed in newspapers circulating in the council's area, detailing that the application has been made. A copy of every advertisement must be supplied to the borough council. The advertisement must be published no later than seven days after the application is made. Notice of the application must also be posted at the premises.

Regulation summary: A summary of the regulation relating to a sex establishment licence

Application evaluation process: Boston Borough Council will provide a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police for the area. The council will consider any representations made in relation to the application and any observations or representations of the the Lincolnshire Police. All new applications and renewals which are subject to  representations will be considered by Regulatory and Appeals Committee. You will have an opportunity to address the committee prior to a decision on your application being made.

Licences will be refused under the following circumstances:

Other grounds on which a district council can refuse an application are:

Apply online: You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the link on the right.

Failed application redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance. If you wish to make representations about an application you may do so to the borough council. The representations should reach the council no later than 28 days after the date of the application.

If you wish to appeal against the refusal of an application you may appeal to the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the refusal of the application. Appeals may not be made if the refusal is because:

Appeals may not be made if the application is refused because:

Licence holder redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance. If you wish to make representations about an application you may do so to the borough council. The representations should reach the borough council no later than 28 days after the date of the application.

Consumer complaint: If you wish to make representations about an application you may do so to the district council. The representations should reach the district council no later than 28 days after the date of the application. If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress: If you wish to make representations about an application you may do so to Boston Borough Council. The representations should reach the borough council no later than 28 days after the date of the application.

Trade Associations: None

Fees

First application  £1,547

Renewal applications £518

Enquiries

For any licensing enquiries please contact us using the details on the left. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

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Related documents

Size Name
[38kb] Notice of Application SEV Public Notice
[293kb] Policy in Relation to Sex Establishment Licensing SEV Policy
[271kb] SEV application form SEV Application Form

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.