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:
We are currently unable to process online applications via the GOV.UK portal.
If you wish you submit an online application please:
- Make the required payment via the Council’s pay-it webpage, by choosing “Regulatory Services” and then “Tattoos/Acupuncture (other)” payment option.
Please ensure that proof of payment is included with your application email.
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:
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:
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