Sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues

We control all sex establishments operating in the City. A sex establishment is defined as a sex shop, a sex cinema or a sexual entertainment venue. If you want to operate a sex shop, sex cinema or sexual entertainment venue in our area you need a licence from us to do so.

In order to promote transparency and consistency in the way that we carry out our licensing functions in relation to sex establishments, we have adopted a sex establishment licensing policy. This policy can be downloaded here:

Sex Establishment Policy document

Apply online

You can apply online for a licence via the GOV.UK website:

Apply online

Apply by post

To apply for a licence by post you need to complete an application form and send it to:

Licensing, Worcester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

You can download an application form here:

Sex Establishment application form

The current fees we charge to apply for a sex establishment can be found on our licensing fees and charges page.

Advertising the application

Your application must be advertised by displaying a public notice. The template for public notices is available here:

Public Notice Template

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please get in touch