Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues

Closes 14 Feb 2021

Opened 19 Nov 2020

Overview

What is happening?

A change in the law on 26 April 2019 means that Councils can decide if the operators of Sexual Entertainment Venues (“SEVs”) should be required to apply to the Council for a licence.

What is a Sexual Entertainment Venue?

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (“the Act”) defines a SEV as any premises at which sexual entertainment is provided before a live audience for (or with a view to) the financial gain of the organiser. The most common example of a SEV is a lap dancing club. The Scottish Government’s guidance which includes a full definition of sexual entertainment can be accessed below

https://www.gov.scot/publications/guidance-provisions-licensing-sexual-entertainment-venues-changes-licensing-theatres/

At a meeting on 27 August 2020, Scottish Borders Council decided it is necessary to consider if it should adopt a Resolution to licence SEVs. 

A copy of the report is available here.

Consultation on New Powers To License Sexual Entertainment Venues

Appendix  to Sexual Entertainment Venues Report

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