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Sex establishments

Medway Council adopted Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 on 19 July 2000 with an effective date of 1 September 2000 and the amendment under Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 on 13 January 2011. 

By adopting Schedule 3, Medway Council (the Licensing Authority) is able to regulate Licensing in the following:

  • Sexual entertainment venues - Any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer.
  • Sex shops - Any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used for a business which consists to a significant degree of selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating sex articles (e.g. anything for use in connection with or for stimulating or encouraging sexual activity or acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity) or other things intended for use in connection with, or for the purpose of stimulating or encouraging sexual activity or acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity. 
  • Sex cinemas - Any premises, vehicle, vessel or stall used to a significant degree for the exhibition of moving pictures, by whatever means produced which are concerned primarily with the portrayal of, or primarily deal with or relate to, or are intended to stimulate or encourage sexual activity, acts of force or restraint which are associated with sexual activity or are concerned primarily with the portrayal of or primarily deal with or relate to, genital organs or urinary or excretory functions but does not include a dwelling to which the public is not admitted.

Statement of Policy in respect of Sex Establishments

This outlines the way the council, as the Licensing Authority, is implementing the legislation. Download the Statement of Policy in respect of Sex Establishments (pdf 3,655KB). To use this file, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.

Further information to assist you in understanding the requirements of this legislation can be found on this website by following the links at the top of this page.

Objecting to an application

Further guidance is available on objecting to an application.

Licensing Hearings

Further guidance is available on licensing hearings in relation to sex establishments.

For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR