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Sexual Entertainment Venue Licensing

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On 12 October 2010 Birmingham City Council resolved to adopt Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 so that the provisions for the control of sexual entertainment venues would apply to the whole of Birmingham. The amended Schedule 3 gives the Local Authority more powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs and similar venues in the area.

The new powers took effect in Birmingham from 3rd January 2011.

The category “Sexual Entertainment Venue” includes the following forms of entertainment as they are commonly understood:

  • Lap dancing;
  • Pole dancing;
  • Table dancing;
  • Strip shows;
  • Peep shows;
  • Live sex shows.

There is an exemption for premises which provide such entertainment less frequently than once a month.

Birmingham City Council - Sexual Entertainment Policy can be found at the bottom of this page.

The 2014 revised policy and associated conditions of licence will only apply to applications considered after 1st November 2014. All licences granted prior to 1st November 2014 will be bound by the previous policy and conditions. Please ensure you read the correct version.

Further guidance for applicants and interested parties can be found in the Home Office Guidance.

How to Apply for a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence
The Birmingham City Council Sexual Entertainment Venue Form is attached at the bottom of this page.

Once you have completed the application form it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:

By Post - send completed applications to the address as indicated in the contact details below.
Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see below) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.

In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown below under contact details.

By Email - completed applications can be submitted electronically by attaching the completed form and any associated supporting documents to the Licensing Section email address as indicated in the contact details below.
Please note that electronic applications submitted by email can only be accepted if there is a scanned signature on the application form. On receipt of your application by email a Licensing Officer will contact the applicant to acquire payment of the appropriate fee via a debit or credit card.

Please note: You must submit a copy of your application to the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police within 7 days of submitting the application to the Licensing Service:

Chief Constable
West Midlands Police HQ
Lloyd House
Colmore Circus, Queensway
Birmingham B4 6NQ

Fees are payable on application. The current fess are set out in the Licensing schedule of fees and charges at:-


Notices and Certifications
Applicants for a sex establishment licence must give public notice of the application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper that is circulated in the local authority area no later than 7 days after the date the application is made.

Where the application relates to premises, a notice should also be displayed on or near the premises in a place where it can be conveniently read by members of the public. The notice should be displayed for a period of 21 days beginning with the date the application was made.

A proforma for the notice/advertisement is included within the application pack.

Most sexual entertainment venues will also require a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate granted under the Licensing Act 2003 in order to sell / supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, and provide late night refreshment.

Licensing Section,
Crystal Court,
Aston Cross Business Park,
50 Rocky Lane,
B6 5RQ
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm, Friday: 9am - 3.30pm)

Telephone: 0121 303 9896
Fax: 0121 303 9982
e-mail: licensing@birmingham.gov.uk