Sex Establishment Policy - second stage consultation

Closed 31 Mar 2017

Opened 3 Mar 2017


Sheffield City Council is responsible for the regulation (administration and enforcement) of sex establishments within the Sheffield boundary. Sex establishments includes: sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues.

The Licensing Service is currently reviewing its policy in relation to sex establishments.

This policy has already been the subject of a 7 week consultation which ran from 19th December 2016 to 3rd February 2017. Following the consideration of all the comments received we have made some changes and therefore welcome further feedback.

The policy is designed to promote high standards, protect the public and safeguard children and the vulnerable.  It also sets out Sheffield City Council’s general approach to the licensing of sex establishments, and at the heart of the policy is a commitment to:

  • Protect the public;
  • Promote public safety;
  • Safeguard children and the vulnerable;
  • Prevent crime & disorder; and
  • Prevent public nuisance.

Through the above approach we hope to support the Council’s priorities:

  • An in touch organisation;
  • Strong economy;
  • Thriving neighbourhoods and communities;
  • Better health and wellbeing; and
  • Tackling inequalities.


What happens next


The City Council / Licensing Authority is committed to consulting with as wide an audience as possible regarding this and any future Licensing Policy or any amendments in accordance with this policy.


Following the initial seven week consultation, it was felt that a further four week consultation shoul be undertaken to allow for further comments to be submitted. All views will be considered and given proper weight.  The policy will then be put before the Licensing Committee for their consideration.  
















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  • Carers
  • Disabled People
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  • Older People
  • Residents
  • Young People
  • Businesses
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