03 Apr 2018

Community Safety and Licensing

Have your say on sexual entertainment venues

People in Bristol are being asked for their views on the future of sexual entertainment venues (SEVs) in the city.

A consultation has launched today (Tuesday April 3) focused on sex establishments to inform a review of the policy for these types of premises.

The council adopted legislation in 2012 which gave it the ability to control and regulate sex establishments. A policy was developed at that time and the council is now reviewing it.

The responsibility for agreeing policy and the numbers of SEV’s in the city falls within the remit of the council’s Licensing Committee.

Councillor Claire Hiscott, Chair of the Licensing Committee who will be responsible for deciding the final policy, said: “We are seeking views from members of the public about sexual entertainment venues and what they feel is appropriate for the city.

“Our current policy dates back to 2012, so we felt it was time to take another look and see if it needs to be refreshed.

“We will use the information gathered from this survey to inform a draft policy, so if you would like to make your opinions heard, then please do take part in the consultation.”

A cross-party working group has been set up to develop the new policy.

This initial questionnaire will be used to inform a draft policy, and a further consultation on the draft policy will take place later in the year, with a view to the new policy being adopted in Spring 2019.

The consultation will run between April 3 and May 31. To take part visit https://bristol.citizenspace.com/neighbourhoods/sex-establishment-policy-review/ paper copies can be obtained by contacting the Licensing Team by email at sexestablishmentpolicy@bristol.gov.uk or by phone on 0117 357 4900.