On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
You will need a sex establishment licence if you run a shop that sells sex toys, books or DVDs or if you run a venue showing sexually explicit films or if you run a sexual entertainment venue. You will need to advertise your licence application in a local newspaper and at the premises you propose to operate from. You will also need to send your application to the local police. There will be a 28 day consultation period before a decision to grant a licence is reached. During this time, comments from the public can be made.
You need to apply to the licensing authority that your sex establishment is located in.
In West Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
How long is my licence valid for?
A licence is valid for 12 months.