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Sex establishment and sex cinema licence

Anyone who wishes to use any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall as a sex establishment in the council's area must first obtain a licence.

What is a sex establishment?

Sex establishment means a sex shop or sex cinema.

A sex shop is any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used for a business which consists to a significant degree of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating - 

  • sex articles
  • other things intended for use in connection with, or for the purpose of stimulating or encouraging sexual activity or acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity

A sex cinema is any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used to a significant degree for the exhibition of moving pictures, by whatever means produced, which -

  • are concerned primarily with the portrayal of, or primarily deal with or relate to, or are intended to stimulate or encourage sexual activity or acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity
  • are concerned primarily with the portrayal of, or primarily deal with or relate to, genital organs or urinary or excretory functions, but does not include a dwelling-house to which the public is not admitted

Sex article means anything made for use in connection with, or for the purpose of stimulating or encouraging sexual activity or acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity.

These definitions are provided for guidance only. For the full definitions please refer to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1982 - Schedule 3.

What is Hull City Council's policy?

We do not have a rigid policy regarding the licensing of sex establishments. However, we consider it inappropriate to site sex establishments in certain historically important areas, or near schools, places of worship, cemeteries, shopping complexes or residential areas.

How to apply

To apply for a sex establishment licence, complete the application form below -


The application process requires -

  • full name, age and permanent residential address
  • details of the company making the application
  • the full names and private addresses of the directors or other persons responsible for management of the company

Within seven days of making the application, a copy must be sent to the Chief Officer of Police for the council's area.

From the date of application, a notice advertising the application must be displayed in a conspicuous place on or near the premises for a period of 21 days.

In addition, an advertisement must also be displayed in a local newspaper no later than 7 days after the date of application.

Each application for the grant of a licence is considered by the Licensing Committee before a licence is granted.

Objections to applications for a grant, transfer, variation or renewal

Any person objecting to an application for this type of licence (of whatever kind) must give notice of this in writing to the council, stating the grounds for objection and not later than 28 days of the application being made.

How to appeal if your application is refused

An applicant, at any time, before the expiration of 21 days of been notified that the application has been refused on certain grounds may appeal to a magistrates’ court for the relevant area.  Further to this, an appeal against the decision of a magistrates’ court may also be brought to the Crown Court. The decision of the Crown Court however, is final. For more information please contact the Licensing section.

Duration of licence

The licence cover a one-year period, or a shorter period if the council believes there are grounds to shorten the licence duration. Applicants are required to give notice if they wish renew the licence.

Payment

Application fee (required on initial grant, non-refundable) £2,040
Grant fee (if application approved) £2,040
Renewal or transfer of licence £2,040

Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham 
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 554
Email: licensing.requests@hullcc.gov.uk

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