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Licensing policy for sex establishments

The Borough of Poole resolved to apply schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (the Act), as amended by the Policing and Crime Act 2009, on providing that anyone wishing to operate a sex establishment within the borough must first obtain a licence from the council.

The Borough of Poole’s ‘Sex Establishments Policy’ sets out the councils approach to the regulation of sex establishments. The policy provides advice to applicants about the procedure and approach to take when making an application.

The council’s licensing regime aims to ensure that sex establishments in the Borough of Poole operate in a safe, fair and discreet manner and are sensitive to the local area in which they are situated. 

The council adopts the overall approach of encouraging the responsible promotion of licensed activities. The council will impose conditions where necessary to promote responsibility and will use enforcement to address premises where there are problems.

The council is mindful of the possible concerns of the local community and that there may be conflict between the wishes of applicants for licences and those who object to such applications. This policy will therefore guide the council when considering applications for sex establishment licences in balancing the needs of residents, communities, commercial interests, patrons and employees.

Page last updated: 10 April 2019
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