Views sought on sex establishments policy in Bristol: Cityscape Aerial View-2

16 Aug 2019


Views sought on sex establishments policy in Bristol

The consultation is open until Sunday 10 November.

People in Bristol are being asked for their views on the licensing of sex establishments in the city.

A formal consultation has launched today (Friday 16 August) focused on sex establishments to seek views on a revised draft policy. It includes sex shops, sex cinemas and sexual entertainment venues.

The responsibility for agreeing policy and the numbers of sex establishments in the city falls within the remit of the council’s Licensing Committee and is not a decision taken by the Mayor or Cabinet Members.

The council adopted legislation in 2012 which gave it the ability to control and regulate these types of venues. A policy was developed and after seven years in operation, a review process began earlier this year.

A survey was undertaken in April to ask the public their thoughts on the original policy. The research was taken away for review by a cross-party working group and a revised draft policy has been written.

Councillor Mike Langley, Chair of the Licensing Committee, which will be responsible for deciding the final policy, said:  “This new draft policy is not a final decision. It’s very much a draft based on wide-ranging feedback received earlier this year from our review questionnaire and further engagement work, where we asked people what they thought was appropriate for the city.

“The draft policy covers sex shops, sexual entertainment venues and sex cinemas and we’ve taken into account a broad range of views from different stakeholders including equalities groups, citizen groups, women’s groups, management and employees of the establishments and local residents.’

The Licensing Committee, which is made up from a cross-party membership, will make a decision on the final policy at the end of this year.

The consultation runs from  16 August  for three months.  To read the draft policy, with a summary of proposed changes, and to take part visit

The consultation closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 10 November 2019.

Paper copies can be obtained by contacting the Licensing Team by email at  or by phone on 0117 357 4900.