In October 2019, the Regulatory Committee agreed in principle to introduce a licensing scheme for Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) in Edinburgh following the introduction of new legislation which allows local authorities to license such venues and an initial public consultation exercise. The definition of a SEV is provided by legislation and is aimed at premises providing sexual entertainment often referred to as ‘lap dancing’.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a delay to the Committee further considering the implementation of a licensing scheme for SEVs. Accordingly, the Committee has instructed that a further consultation should take place on this issue to allow stakeholders another opportunity to engage. This approach also recognises that businesses most directly affected by a new licensing regime have been closed since March 2020, and may require further support to effectively engage with the consultation.
This consultation is open until 2 July 2021 and asks for views on a proposed licensing policy and set of licensing conditions for Sexual Entertainment Venues, should the Committee agree to implement a licensing scheme. It is important to note at the outset that if the Council chooses not to adopt these powers, premises which offer this type of entertainment can continue to operate as they do currently.
Adoption of the powers to license SEVs does not imply approval of these premises by the Council. Premises used as massage parlours or saunas are not included in this legislation or in the definition of sexual entertainment, and will not be affected by these proposals.
The aim of the consultation is to seek community and business views on the proposed licensing policy and conditions framework in respect of Sexual Entertainment Venues in Edinburgh. To give your views, please click here to access the weblink.