Sex establishment licence

Licence summary

Premises that sell R18 (adult) videos and DVDs and other adult materials are required to have a licence.

If you operate a cinema where a significant percentage of the films shown are concerned primarily with or related to, or are intended to stimulate sexual activity you may also need a licence.

A licence may be issued for part use or whole use of the premises.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • must have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK

The licence is valid for one year and operates from the 1 March - 28 February; however, you may apply for a licence at any time during the year.

To view the application guidance notes click on the download below.

Legislation summary

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

How to apply

If you are applying for a new licence you can apply online. The current annual fee can be viewed on the licence and registration fees page.

If you prefer to apply by post please download the application form and once completed send it to the licensing team at the address below together with a cheque for the relevant fee. Cheques are payable to Croydon Council. Guidance to assist you when making an application can be downloaded below.

A notice of the application must be placed in the window of the premises and also in the local newspaper. Click on the downloads below for specimen notices.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received, a licensing officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises.

The inspection will be to ensure that the premises meet the standards in the licensing conditions. Click on the download below to view the conditions.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections /checks have been carried out and the premises meets the required standards.

The licence may also list additional site specific conditions.

Renewal of a licence

If you already hold a licence you will automatically be sent a renewal letter approximately one month before the expiry date. You can pay the renewal fee online.

Alternatively payment can now be made over the telephone by credit or debit card, if you would like to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466. Please note a surcharge of 1.65% will be payable for payments made by credit card, there is no charge for debit card payments.

Failed application redress

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder who objects to any of the licensing conditions attached to a licence may appeal to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Other redress

Please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Trade associations

None

Contact Details

Licensing
Telephone 020 8760 5466
Email licensing@croydon.gov.uk
Address Croydon Council, Licensing Department
10th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon
CR0 1EA

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