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Apply for a sexual entertainment venue licence

You must have a licence to run a sexual entertainment venue.

Sexual entertainment venues typically stage entertainment such as:

  • lap dancing
  • pole dancing
  • table dancing
  • strip shows
  • peep shows
  • live sex shows

If your premises provides such entertainment less frequently than once a month you don’t need to apply for a licence.

You’ll also need to have a premises licence or club premises certificate if you want to sell or supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or provide late night refreshment.

Licences are valid for 12 months and can be renewed. Please see the fees and charges page for further details.

Apply in writing

To apply by email, complete the downloadable application form you need with a scan of your signature and email it to licensing@birmingham.gov.uk.  After we’ve received your application, a licensing officer will contact you to take a debit or credit card payment for the appropriate fee

To apply by post, print the downloadable application form you need, complete it and return it to the address below.  Please include a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee with your postal application, made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.

We aim to process applications within 28 days. If you haven’t heard from us within this time, please contact us.

Policy and Conditions

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 
Lloyd House 
Colmore Circus 
Birmingham 
B4 6NQ