Executive: Revised sex establishment policy proposed

Published Wednesday, 19th April 2017

The city’s policy on sex establishments will be revised by the council’s executive on 27 April.

While the number of sex shops licensed in York has lowered from three to one in the past three years due to increased internet use and sales, the city’s two sexual entertainment venues (SEVs) have sought variations to their licenses for longer operating hours.

A working group consulted with residents and businesses from June to August 2015 about the number and location of SEVs in the city, before a draft policy was consulted on from September to November 2016. Feedback was used to inform the policy which proposes to follow best practice.

The proposed policy aims to give clearer legal parameters, full details of the application process and criteria as well as the suitability of the applicant and any checks that may be carried out. It also clearly outlines where fines might be incurred and the council’s approach to enforcing licensing requirements.

Guidelines for license holders of sexual entertainment venues and sex shops have also been proposed. These range from operating hours, conduct on the premises, advertising, safety and security as well as – for sexual entertainment venues specifically - the protection of dancers. The proposals also anticipate any applications which could be made around sex cinemas.

Cllr Sam Lisle, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods at City of York Council, said: “Our revised policy will ensure that any sex establishment operates within the authority area in a safe, fair and discreet manner.

“I intend this to be achieved by carefully addressing the location of any SEV and ensuring high standards of advertising, external appearance, crime and disorder safeguards and staff welfare.”

The full report is available here:  http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=9312&x=1

Executive will take place on Thursday 27 April at West Offices from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online at: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts .

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