These are defined as “any premises at which relevant entertainment is provided before a live audience for the financial gain of the organiser or the entertainer”.

The meaning of ‘relevant entertainment’ is defined as “any live performance or live display of nudity which is of such a nature that, ignoring financial gain, it must reasonably be assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of an audience (whether by verbal or other means)”. An audience can consist of just one person.

The guidance issued by the Home Office over these matters indicates that whilst local authorities should judge each case on its own merits, it would be expected that the definition of relevant entertainment would apply to the following forms of entertainment as they are commonly understood:

  • lap dancing
  • pole dancing
  • table dancing
  • strip shows
  • peep shows
  • live sex shows

The above list is not exhaustive and should only be treated as an indication of the type of premises involved.

The adoption of these provisions gives local people a greater say over the grant, renewal and transfer of licences, where these premises are located and the number of premises in a given area.

It also allows the Licensing Committee to grant a licence, grant licences with conditions, or to refuse them.

Standard conditions

We have set certain standard conditions which will apply to every Sexual Entertainment Venue licence granted, renewed or transferred by the authority, unless they have been expressly excluded or varied.

These conditions can be found at Appendix C of the Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy.

The standard conditions are most applicable to a lap-dancing type venue and may not be appropriate for the kind of venue you are proposing to operate.

If this is the case, at the time of making your application, you must make it clear which of the standard conditions would stop you from carrying out your proposals and why. It will then be for the Licensing Committee to meet to determine any variance to these conditions.

Application evaluation process

Applications must contain any information the local authority requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.

You are required to submit a copy of your application to South Yorkshire Police within 7 days of sending your application to us:

The Police Licensing Team 
1st Floor 
Attercliffe Police Station 
60 Attercliffe Common
S9 2AD

You must advertise your application in the local press within 7 days of submitting your application to us and display a notice outside the premises for 21 days beginning with the date of the application to give passers by the opportunity to make comments on your application.

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the relevant authority, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application.

If a valid objection is received, a Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to determine the application.

How we will notify you & timescales

Your application will not be automatically granted as it is in the public interest that your application is processed before it can be granted.

We will contact you as soon as possible if there are any objections.


To apply you must download an application form.

Guidance on making an application is also attached below and detailed information on all areas of the application process are provided in the Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy.

Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Sheffield City Council) through the post. Cash, cheque and card payments are accepted if you bring it to our reception.

For details of our postal address, how to find our reception and reception opening times please contact us.

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Licensing Team

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0114 273 4264

Block C
Staniforth Road Depot

S9 3HD

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