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Sex shop and cinema licence

If a premises operates as a sex shop or sex cinema it will require a licence from us.

Sex shops are any premises selling sex toys, books or videos. A sex cinema is a venue which shows explicit films to members of the public.

The licence includes conditions to maintain public safety and decency and also restrict admission to over 18 year olds.  Applicants must also give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.

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How to apply

For more information on applying for a licence please contact the Licensing Division

You must complete the application form in full.  You will need to pay the application fee when you submit your form. 


You must submit your fee with the application. 

If you apply by post you should make cheques payable to 'City and County of Swansea' and send it with your completed form.

Fees for sex shop and cinema licences
Licence typeApplication feeGrantTotal fee
Sexual entertainment venue (SEV)£ 1403£ 203£ 1606
Sex shop£ 1310£ 203£ 1513
Sex shop renewal£ 270£ 818£ 1088

Tacit consent

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact Licensing.


If you have any problems with your application or would like more information then please contact us on 01792 635600 or email Any applicant who is refused a licence or who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

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