Licensing policy

Sexual entertainment

16.1 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has adopted the provisions under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, schedule 3 for the licensing of sex shops, cinemas and sexual entertainment venues, as amended

16.2 Premises seeking to provide regulated entertainment at their premises that will commonly be of an adult nature should consult with the licensing authority in the first instance as to whether separate permission will be required.

16.3 In summary, premises seeking to provide sexual entertainment such as lap dancing or like activity more frequently than 11 times a year, and more than one occasion per month will need to ensure that they have the appropriate permission(s) for these activities from the Licensing Authority in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as well as those in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.

16.4 The licensing authority is keen to ensure that any premises looking to provide any such entertainment of an adult nature is proactive in its operations to promote the licensing objective “Protection of Children from Harm”, and will expect operating schedules to address this very matter by giving consideration to conditions as to entrance policy, security measures for staff and customers alike, staff training and management policies so as to ensure that this, and the remaining three licensing objectives are fully promoted