To run a sex shop – ie 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.
Apply online for a sex shop
You can apply online using the Government's website:
Eligibility criteria for open a sex shop
- must be over 18 years old
- must not be disqualified from holding a licence
- must 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
- must 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