Licensing

Sex establishment policy

This policy sets out our proposed approach to regulating sex establishments and the procedure that we will adopt in relation to applications for sex establishment licences.

Impact

In considering applications for the grant of new or variation applications we will assess the likely impact, particularly on the local community.

We will take the following matters into account:

  • the type of activity 
  • the duration of the proposed licence
  • the proposed hours of operation 
  • the layout and condition of the premises 
  • the use of other premises in the vicinity 
  • the character and locality of the area 
  • the applicants' previous knowledge and experience 
  • the applicants' ability to minimise the impact of their business on local residents and businesses 
  • any evidence of the operation of existing /previous licences held by the applicant 
  • any reports about the applicant and management of the premises received from residents, council officers or the police 
  • the ability of the proposed management structure to deliver compliance with licensing requirements, policies on staff training and the welfare of performers
  • crime and disorder issues
  • cumulative impact of licensed premises, including hours of operation 
  • the nature and concerns of local residents 
  • any evidence of complaints about noise or disturbance caused by premises
  • planning permission and planning policy considerations.

In considering applications for renewal we will take into account: 

  • the applicants' ability to minimise the impact of their business on local residents and businesses 
  • any reports about the licensee and management of the premises received from residents, council officers or the police 
  • whether appropriate measures have been agreed and put into place to mitigate any adverse impacts 
  • any evidence of complaints about noise or disturbance caused by premises.

In considering applications for transfer the council will take into account: 

  • the applicants' previous knowledge and experience 
  • the applicants' ability to minimise the impact of their business on local residents and businesses 
  • any evidence of the operation of existing/previous licences held by the applicant 
  • any reports about the applicant and management of the premises received from residents, council officers or the police
  • the ability of the proposed management structure to deliver compliance with licensing requirements, policies on staff training and the welfare of performers.
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