Adoption of powers and policy to regulate and licence sex establishments
The Policing and Crime Act 2009 amends the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to introduce a new classification of sex establishment, namely sexual entertainment venues. This brings to lap dancing, pole dancing and other ‘relevant entertainment’, within a new licensing regime.
The Council is seeking to adopt Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended by the Policing and Crime Act 2009 which would enable the Council to introduce specific licenses and conditions relating to sex establishments.
In addition, should the powers be adopted, the Council would seek to introduce a Policy that:
- Sets out the council's approach for the benefit of operators
- Guides and reassures the public and other public authorities
- Ensures transparency
- Ensures consistency
- Guides and focuses the Licensing Sub-Committee when making determinations under this legislation
- Details the mandatory and discretionary grounds for refusal
- Specifies standard conditions
- Provides details of the application process
- Identifies arrangements for waivers where activity is low risk and/or temporary
The Council is eager to understand the public's view in respect of adopting the powers to introduce specific licences and conditions relating to sex establishments. In addition, consultation with the public and interested stakeholders would be sought in relation to the development of a supporting policy to underpin the licencing of sex establishments, in particular relating to potential numbers of premises, locations and what might be considered to be sensitive areas.