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Licensing service changes

We have made temporary changes to our licensing services due to the coronavirus

Sex establishment licences

We issue licences for sexual entertainment venues, such as lap dancing clubs, and for sex shops.

Sexual entertainment venues

We have legal powers to control sex establishments, such as lap dancing venues. We adopted these powers in November 2010 and introduced a policy on licensing sexual entertainment venues in March 2011.

In July 2011, we limited the number of such venues that may be licensed in the city centre and Braunstone Gate area to five.

The application process is set out in the policy. Applications must be made on the standard application form, which is available below. A public notice must be displayed on the premises for 21 days from the date the application is made, and also published in a local newspaper within seven days of the application being made.

Sex shops

We have a policy on licensing sex shops. We issue licences in accordance with the policy and carry out inspections to ensure standards are maintained. These are dealt with separately to sexual entertainment venues.

Help with documents

Please email licensingenforcement@leicester.gov.uk if you have problems accessing or viewing documents on this page.

Current applications

An application has been received to renew an existing sexual entertainment licence for Chasers, 15 Free Lane, Leicester LE1 1JX. The application is available at the bottom of this page. Any representations must be received no later than Monday 24 October 2022.

If you have problems accessing or viewing the application, please send us an email.