Standard Conditions


Sex Shops




1.    Unless stated otherwise, the licence hereby granted will remain in force for one year from the date on the licence, after which it will cease to be in effect unless an application for renewal is submitted in the manner prescribed by the council. 


2.    The licence may be revoked by the council if at any time the holder is convicted of an offence of using the licensed premises, or other premises for which a similar licence has been granted, other than in accordance with the terms, conditions or restrictions of the licence or is convicted of any offence under any enactment defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended.


3.    In the event of a conflict between these conditions and any special conditions contained in a licence relating to a sex establishment the special conditions shall prevail.


4.    The name of the premises must be approved by the council in writing.    Any change to the name of the premises must be approved by the Council in writing. 


Exhibition of the licence


5.    The licence or a certified copy shall be prominently displayed at all times so as to be readily and easily seen by all persons using the premises and all authorised officers.  A copy of the conditions attached to the licence shall be kept on the premises and be available for inspection by an authorised officer of the council.


Hours of opening


6.    Except with the written consent of the council, the premises will only open to the public during the following hours:


        Monday                 09:00 – 20:00     Friday                  09:00 – 20:00

        Tuesday      09:00 – 20:00      Saturday    09:00 – 20:00

        Wednesday 09:00 – 20:00     Sunday      12:00 – 20:00

        Thursday     09:00 – 20:00


Conduct of the premises


7.    The premises will be conducted primarily for the purpose of the sale or hire of goods by retail. 


8.    The licensee, or any other person concerned in the conduct or management of the premises, will only obtain custom by means of personal solicitation or touting from the premises in such a way that it does not cause concern to the public or the licensing authority.  All literature used will not contain images or text of a sexually explicit, obscene or offensive nature. 


9.    No part of the premises will be used by prostitutes.


10.  All sex articles or other items displayed for sale, hire, exchange or loan within the premises will be clearly marked to show the price being charged.


11.  All printed material offered for sale, hire, exchange or loan will be available for inspection prior to purchase and a notice to this effect will be displayed in a conspicuous position within the premises. 


12.  No film, DVD or video recording (or computer game) will be exhibited, sold or supplied unless it has been passed by the British Broad of Film Classification and bears a certificate to that effect. 


13.  No moving picture will be provided on display at the licensed premises unless it is that of advertising videos on a loop system or allowing a prospective purchaser a short preview of films upon request, being no longer than 3 minutes in length.


14.  Items offered for sale, hire, exchange or used in any promotion/advertising must not contravene any current legislation i.e. Section 12 Video Recordings Act 1984 (as amended).


External appearance


15.  There will be a notice displayed inside each entrance or doorway to the premises, clearly visible on entering the premises, which states the following words and no others:




This premises operates a Challenge 25 policy.

Persons who appear to be under the age of 25 will be required to show proof of age.


16.  The external appearance of the premises must be approved by the council in writing.  Any change to the external appearance must be approved by the council.  The operator must advise of any change in writing including a drawing of the existing and proposed street elevation.  This must be approved by the council in writing before work is undertaken.


17.  The frontage of the licensed premises will be of such a nature that the inside of the licensed premises are not visible and the contents of the licensed premises should not be visible when the doors of the licensed premises is open. 


18.  There will be no illuminated or protruding signs fixed to the premises and no signs placed outside the premises on the public highway. 




19.  Any unsolicited written, visual or auditory advertisement material, posters, signage or window display must not be of a sexually explicit or suggestive nature, will not contain images or text of a sexually explicit, obscene or offensive nature and must be approved by the council in writing. 


20.  The distribution of flyers will only be permitted in such a way where it does not cause public offence.  Flyers must not be distributed by and to persons under the age of 18 years. 


Layout of the premises


21.  Access to ground floor premises may only be through two or more doors placed consecutively, so arranged that when a person enters or leaves the premises the interior of the premises is not recognisable to persons outside the premises.  The first set of entry doors must be fitted with a device to provide for their automatic closure and such a device shall be maintained in good working order. 


22.  No access will be permitted through the premises to any other adjoining or adjacent premises except in the case of an emergency.


23.  No alterations (including temporary alterations) will be made to the structure and installations on the premises, without the prior written consent of the council.  This condition will not require notice to be given in respect of routine maintenance works.  Where there is any doubt the licensee should seek advice from the council.


Management of the premises


24.  Where the licensee is a body corporate, or an un-incorporated body, any change of director, company secretary or other person responsible for the management of the body will be notified in writing to the council within 14 days of such change.  Such details as the council may require in respect of the change of personnel will be furnished within 14 days of a request in writing from the council. 


25.  The licensee, or a responsible person nominated by him/her in writing for the purpose of managing the venue (“the manager”) will have personal responsibility for and be present on the premises whilst the premises are open to the public.  Any such nomination will be produced on demand to an authorised officer of the council or the police. 


26.  The licensee will ensure that any person nominated by him/her under the above:

a)   has been provided with a copy of the conditions relating to the premises and is fully conversant with them; and

b)   is in possession of a written nomination referred to about at all times when they are in charge of the premises.


27.  Where the licensee, director, company secretary, or responsible person nominated for the purpose of managing the venue (“the manager”), is convicted of an offence, they must, as soon as practicable after the conviction, inform the council of the conviction giving details of the nature and date of the conviction, and any sentence imposed.


28.  The licensee will retain control over all parts of the premises and will not let, licence or part with possession of any part of the premises.  The council must be notified immediately in the event that any part of the premises affected by the termination of a lease or other event affecting the licensee’s control of the premises.


29.  The licensee will ensure that the public is not admitted to any part or parts of the premises that has not been approved by the council.


30.  The holder of the licence will keep a record of all employees who are asked to work on the premises which will include their full name, date of birth, current and previous address and any convictions recorded against that person (subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1984).


31.  An authorised and certified copy of the full personal record or a record of an individual will be produced on demand to an authorised officer of the council or the police. 


32.  No person under the age of 18 will be admitted to the premises.


33.  The licensee will operate a Challenge 25 age verification policy.  People who appear to be under the age of 25 will be required to show proof of ID prior to admittance.  A notice to this effect, in accordance with condition 18 will be displayed on the premises.


34.  The licence holder will not employ any person under the age of 18 in any capacity.


Vessels, vehicles and stalls


35.  In the case of licensed premises that are a vessel, vehicle or stall, the licensee shall not move the vessel, vehicle or stall from the location specified in the licence unless 28 days written notice is given to the council of such intended removal.  The council may require the licensee to lodge such written application as it may deem appropriate and pay such a fee as it may deem reasonable in respect of such application.


36.  The requirements of condition 35 will not apply to a vessel, vehicle or stall habitually operating from a fixed location, which is regularly moved, whether under its own propulsion or otherwise, from another place for storage purposes.  This place must be specified in the licence and must not be used for the purposes for which the licence is granted and any other location than that specified in the licence.


37.  Vehicles must not be used for personal solicitation, touting or advertising.


Variation of conditions


38.  The council may, at the time of grant or renewal of the licence, waive, modify or vary these conditions or impose additional conditions as appropriate.


39.  The licensee may apply to the council to vary any of the terms of the licence.


40.  Applications to vary conditions of the licence must be advertised by the licensee in the same manner as the application for the grant, renewal or transfer of the licence.