Apply for a sex shop and cinema licence
You need a licence to run a sex shop in the borough. A sex shop is any business selling sex toys, books or 18 rated videos and DVDs or other things connected with sexual activity.
You also need a licence to run a venue where members of the public pay to watch explicit films rated 18.
You do not need a licence if you provide such entertainment on fewer than 11 occasions per year, with at least a calendar month between each occasion.
For more information you can read the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 or visit the gov.uk website.
Apply for a sex establishment licence
To apply for a sex establishment licence you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- not be disqualified from holding a licence
- complete an application form
- place a notice in a local publication to appear within seven days of making the application
- display a notice outside your premises
- pay a fee
You can find a template with the application form.
Application Form & NoticesDownload PDF (128.93 KB)
How to pay
You can pay by sending a cheque made payable to Walsall Council, or you can contact us to make a payment by telephone.
What happens next
Your application will go through a statutory consultation period. You will be notified of any representations made to the application. If it is a new application we will send someone to visit your premises.
If you do not have a licence
We will monitor premises and make visits to check licensing. Failure to comply may result in a prosecution.
If you require any additional information, including details on a transfer or variation of the licence, contact the Licensing Team.