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Sex establishments

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Sex shops

Under the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (licensing of sex establishments), The City of London has set a limit of one sex shop premises to be permitted in the Square Mile.

For further information or to discuss a potential application for a sex shop, please contact the licencing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or by email to the Licensing team.

Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs)

The Police and Crime Act 2009 has given local authorities greater control over these venues (that provide lap dancing, pole dancing and similar activities) including the option of rejecting licence applications or limiting the number of SEVs in any one area.

Following a public consultation and a decision by the Court of Common Council the City of London has adopted its own policy on SEVs.

Further information

Further information regarding SEVs can be obtained by calling the licensing team on 020 7332 3406 or by emailing the Licensing team.