Sex shops - shops that sell a significant degree of goods of an adult or sexual nature, and sex cinemas - where explicit films are shown to members of the public, require a licence from the Council. Blackpool Council’s policy is to limit the numbers of sex shops to 2 and to have no sex cinemas. Such venues are only permitted in the Bloomfield, Claremont and Talbot wards.

Apply for a sex shop licence

Download and complete the application form [PDF 125KB] and return with the fee of £2,510 for a new application or £1,970 for a renewal.

Alternatively you can apply online for a new/renewal or to transfer/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.


Licensing service

Municipal buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
Telephone 01253 478572

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.