Sex Shop and Cinema Licence

Information and advice on applying for a sex shop and cinema licence in South Somerset.

Licence summary

To run a sex shop - i.e. any premises selling sex toys, books or videos - you may need a licence from your local authority.

To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the local authority.

However, you may apply to the local authority requesting them to waive the requirement of a licence.


Eligibility criteria

An applicant:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • must have been resident of an EEA state at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in an EEA state.
  • must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal.

Regulation summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence


Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

Should the application fail the enforcement element of the fee will be refunded.

Applications must contain any information the local authority requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.

Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper no later than 7 days after the date of the application. Notice of the application must also be displayed on or near the premises (where it can be conveniently read by members of the public) for 21 days beginning with the date of the application.


Will Tacit Consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

Please allow a minimum of 90 days for your application to be processed, although it may take longer.


How to apply

You can apply by completing:


Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 month's of receiving written notice of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:

  • the number of sex establishments in the area exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate
  • the grant of the licence would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area, or the premises themselves
  • Any of the eligibility grounds unless the applicant can show that the ground did not apply to him.

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 months of receiving written notification of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281


Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Licence holders may at any time apply to the authority for a variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions in their licence.

If an application for a variation is refused, or if the licence is revoked, the licence holder may, within 21 days of being notified of the imposition of, or the refusal to vary, the term, condition or restriction in question, or of the revocation, appeal to the local magistrates' court.

A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281


Other redress

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the relevant authority, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application.


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