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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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'.
- Download the sexual entertainment venue application form
- Download the variation to sexual entertainment licence application form
We aim to process applications within 28 days. If you haven’t heard from us within this time, please contact us.
Policy and Conditions
- Download the sexual entertainment venue policy
- Download the sexual entertainment venue standard 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:
West Midlands Police