On 7 December 2010 the council resolved to adopt Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, so that the provisions for the control of sexual entertainment venues would apply in this borough. The amended Schedule 3 gives the local authority more powers to control the number and location of lap dancing clubs and similar venues in the area. The new powers took effect on 7 February 2011.
The forms of "relevant" entertainment commonly understood to be connected with sexual entertainment venues are (though this is not a comprehensive list):
- Lap dancing
- Pole dancing
- Table dancing
- Strip shows
- Peep shoes
- Live sex shows
There is an exemption for premises which provide such entertainment less frequently than once a month.
The Home Office has also produced Guidance for England and Wales for Sexual Entertainment Venues.
Sexual establishment licensing - Fees
The fee for a new Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence is £5,000.
The fee for renewal of a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence is £5,000.
Apply for a sexual entertainment venue licence
You can download a copy of the application form below:
You must submit your completed application and your fee of £5,000 to:
Licensing Team - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road
Alternatively you can email the application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must submit a copy of your application to the address below within 7 days of submitting the application to the Licensing Team:
Debie Pearmain - Police Licensing Officer
Windsor Police Station
When completing your application, you must also complete the notices below.
Applicants for a sex establishment licence must give public notice of the application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper that is circulated in the local authority area no later than 7 days after the date the application is made:
Where the application relates to premises, a notice should also be displayed on or near the premises in a place where it can be conveniently read by members of the public. The notice should be displayed for a period of 21 days beginning with the date the applications was made:
All notices should be in the form prescribed by The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and identify the premises or, of the application relates to a vehicle, vessel or stall, specify where it will be used as a sex establishment. You must send both Forms of Certification to the Licensing Authority when you submit the application.
Most sexual entertainment venues will require a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate granted under the Licensing Act 2003, as well as a sex establishment licence, in order to sell / supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment, and provide late night refreshment.