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Consultation | Adoption of powers and policy to regulate and licence sex establishments

The Policing and Crime Act 2009 amended the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to introduce a new classification of sex establishment, namely sexual entertainment venues.

This brought lap dancing, pole dancing and other ‘relevant entertainment’, within a new licensing regime.

Derbyshire Dales District 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 licences and conditions relating to sex establishments.

In addition, if the powers are adopted, the Council would seek to introduce a Sex Entertainment Licensing 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 & Appeals 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
View our draft Sex Entertainment Licensing Policy [PDF 448KB]

We want 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 will be sought in relation to the development of a supporting policy to underpin the licensing of sex establishments, in particular relating to potential numbers of premises, locations and what might be considered to be sensitive areas.

The consultation will close on Sunday 22 September 2019 and anyone wishing to contact the Licensing Authority with regard to this Policy can do so as follows:

In writing to the Licensing Manager:
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Town Hall
Bank Road
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3NN

By email to licensing@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or phone 01629 761374
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.

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