To run a sex shop (any premises selling sex toys, books or videos) or a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, a licence is required.
However, you may apply to waive the requirement of a licence.
You can apply online using the Government website:Apply for a sex shop and cinema licence
To be eligible for a licence you must:
- be over 18 years old
- not be disqualified from holding a licence
- have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately prior to the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK
- 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