Apply for a Sex Establishment Licence

An application for a sex establishment licence must be made in writing on the application form provided. The application must be accompanied by

  • the relevant fee
  • a plan of the premises proposed to be licensed at a scale of not greater than 1:100 with the area to be licensed outlined in red
  • a location plan drawn at a scale of not less than 1:1250

If the payment is void then the application will be considered invalid. Applications may be sent electronically but the application will not be considered as being valid until such time as the fee has been paid.

1.1 Application fees

An application for the grant, renewal or variation of a licence shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Where an application is refused, or is withdrawn before being determined, the application fee will be refunded less an appropriate charge for the administrative process undertaken in determining the application, including any hearing.

1.2 Advertising Applications

1.2.1 Newspaper advertisement

The application must be advertised by the applicant using the template provided. The advertisement must be published in a newspaper that circulates in the Spelthorne area. The advertisement shall be published not later than seven days after the date of the application to the Council.

1.2.2 Local advertising

The applicant shall also place notices on or near the premises to which the application relates and where they can be conveniently read by the public using the template provided. Such notices shall be a minimum of A4 in size with the text printed as a minimum of 14 point. The notice shall be printed in black on yellow paper. These notices shall be displayed for a minimum of 21 days beginning with the date that the application is made to the Council. Where a notice is removed or vandalised it shall be replaced by the applicant forthwith. If a notice is posted, then removed and not replaced by the applicant or is absent for a substantial part of the 21 days then the application may be deemed to be invalid and the applicant may be required to start the advertising period again.

1.2.3 Council website

Applicants should be aware that the Council will advertise the receipt of an application on their website. Similarly details of licences issued by the Council will also be placed on the Council's website.

Consultations

Copies to the Police

A copy of any application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence shall be sent to Surrey Police within seven days of the application being made to the Council. Where the application is made electronically this will be done by the Council, where the application is submitted by any other means the responsibility for giving copies of the application to the Police is that of the applicant.

Police observations

In considering any application for the grant, renewal or transfer of any licence the Council will take into account any observations made to it by the Police.

Objections

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal, or transfer of a licence shall give notice in writing of their objection to the Council stating in general terms the grounds of their objection not later than 28 days after the date of the application. It should be noted there are no restrictions on who can object to such licences.

Where the Council receive such an objection they shall inform the applicant of the general terms of the objection before considering the application. The Council will not, without the consent of the objector, reveal the name or address of the objector when they notify the applicant. In considering any application for the grant, renewal or transfer of any licence the Council will take into account any objections it receives.

Sub-Committee Hearings

All applications will be placed before a Sub Committee of three Councillors chosen from members of the Licensing Committee, regardless of whether any objections or observations have been received. Councillors, in whose ward the premises are, or will be, located, shall not sit on any Sub Committee hearing the application.

The Council shall afford an applicant for the grant, renewal, transfer or variation of a licence an opportunity to be heard by the Licensing Sub Committee regardless of whether any objections or observations regarding the application have been received.

An agenda for the meeting of the Sub Committee will be prepared which will include the salient points of the application, objections to the application and any observations received from the Police.