Entertainment commonly connected with sexual entertainment venues includes:

  • lap dancing
  • pole dancing
  • table dancing
  • strip shows
  • peep shows
  • live sex shows

Licence applications won't usually be seen as appropriate if the premises are near:

  • historic buildings or tourist attractions
  • schools, play areas, nurseries, children's centres or similar premises
  • shopping complexes
  • residential areas
  • places of worship

There's an exemption for premises which provide such entertainment less than once a month.

Before applying for a licence, we suggest you read the Sexual Entertainment Venue guidance


You can email a copy of the Sexual Entertainment Venue application form to us at licensing@harrogate.gov.uk or send it to the Licensing Team, Harrogate Borough Council, Springfield House, Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5NX.

When applying for a licence, you must publish a Newspaper Advertisement Notice and display a Site Advertisement Notice

You must send a copy of your application to the police within seven days of submitting the application to the licensing team. Write to North Yorkshire Police, Harrogate area Licensing Officer, Harrogate Police Station, Beckwith Head Road, Harrogate HG3 1FR.

Most sexual entertainment venues will require a premises licence or club premises certificate, as well as a sex establishment licence, to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, and provide late-night refreshment.


The costs are

Sex cinemas and shops

Application £2,774.00
Renewal £2,641.00
Transfer £334.00
Variation £2,641.00

Sex entertainment venues

Application £2,939.00
Renewal £2,840.00
Transfer £334.00
Variation £2,641.00

Tacit consent

This means that you'll be able to act as though your application is granted if you haven't heard from us by the end of the 28-day target period. Tacit consent will only apply once a full application has been submitted and you've received an acknowledgement.

Premises licence documents

For more information, please contact us.

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Page last updated 07/09/2017