Any premises at which live performances or displays of nudity are provided, which is of such a nature that it must be reasonably assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience, requires a licence from the Council. This includes but is not exclusive to; lap dancing, pole dancing and table dancing venues.
Blackpool Council’s policy is to limit the numbers of sexual entertainment venues to 4. Such venues are only permitted in the Bloomfield, Claremont and Talbot wards. You will also need a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to authorise the entertainment and any supply of alcohol at the premises.
Apply for a sexual entertainment venue licence
Download and complete the application form [PDF 125KB] and return with the fee of £3,800. Alternatively you can apply online for a new/renewal or to make a change to your licence.
You will need to advertise your application on site for 28 days and in the local newspaper within 7 days of your application being submitted. A template for the advert is on the back page of the application form.
Once your application has been granted we aim to issue your licence within 10 working days.
The Licensing Service is available to contact by telephone or to visit in person to the Licensing desk at Blackpool Council's Customer First Centre on Corporation Street between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday 10.00am-13.00pm.