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Licensing - Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy

Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy

A sexual entertainment venue cannot operate unless it has obtained a licence from the Council. A Sexual Entertainment Venue is defined as any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer.

In deciding whether entertainment is "relevant entertainment" we will judge each case on its own merits, but generally this will apply to:

a) lap dancing
b) pole dancing
c) table dancing
d) strip shows
e) peep shows
f) live sex shows

However, this list is not exhaustive.

In February 2012, the council (formally known as The Borough Council of Wellingborough) set a limit of zero for the number of Sexual Entertainment Venues permitted within the area, however the Licensing Authority will judge each application on its merits having regard to the content of the Sexual Entertainment Policy, the relevant legislation and any relevant guidance that may be issued from time to time.

There is an exemption for premises which provide such entertainment less frequently than once a month.
The councils Sexual Entertainment Policy can be downloaded here.

Last updated: 01/04/2021