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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:

pdf Sex Establishment Policy document (451 KB)

Apply online

 We are currently unable to process online applications via the GOV.UK portal.

If you wish you submit an online application please:


  1. Make the required payment via the Council’s pay-it webpage, by choosing “Regulatory Services” and then “Tattoos/Acupuncture (other)” payment option.
  2. Email completed application forms (a link to the application form is available below), all  accompanying documentation and proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

Worcester City Council Licensing, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF

You can download an application form here:

document Sex Establishment application form (224 KB)

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:

document Public Notice Template (25 KB)

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

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