Licences and registrations - Sex establishment licensing

Sex establishment licensing

The Council's policy on sex establishments has now been published and incorporates the new category of sexual entertainment venues.

Additionally, the policy also includes standard conditions for sexual entertainment venues as well as the standard conditions applicable to sex shops.

A copy of the policy, including the standard conditions, is available for download:

Policy for the Licensing of Sex Establishments

Application form
Additional notes

On 21 February 2012 Waverley Borough Council resolved to adopt new powers under Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which introduced a new category of sex establishment called a 'sexual entertainment venue', in addition to the existing categories of 'sex shop' and 'sex cinema', to apply to the Borough of Waverley with effect from 1 May 2012.

Definition of sexual entertainment venue

A sexual entertainment venue is defined as any premises at which any live performance or live display of nudity is provided, which is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience. Lap dancing, strip shows and similar entertainment will fall under this definition.

Public register

Tel: 01483 523033

Waverley Borough Council
The Burys
Surrey GU7 1HR

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