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Sexual Entertainment Venue Licensing

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Any premises that wants to offer sexual entertainment or similar entertainment, before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser/entertainer, must obtain a sexual entertainment venue licence.
This page tells you about sexual entertainment venue licences and how to apply.

Birmingham City Council adopted 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 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.

More information

Eligibility Criteria

Application Process

Making Representations

How to Apply

Guidance and Advice

Public Register

Complaints/Enquiries – Applicants or Licence Holders

Consumer Complaints

Trade Associations