This consultation is now closed. If you have any queries please get in touch with Licensing.

The Scottish Government has recently passed legislation which allows local authorities to decide if they wish to license Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs). Currently in Scotland, SEVs do not require to be specifically licensed to provide sexual entertainment. 

A Sexual Entertainment Venue is defined as any premises at which sexual entertainment is provided before a live audience for (or with a view to) the financial gain of the organiser. The most common examples are lap dancing or strip clubs. However, the definition is sufficiently wide to cover other premises where sexual entertainment is provided.


East Ayrshire Council must now decide:

  • whether a licensing regime should be adopted to license and regulate SEVs
  • what the appropriate number of SEVs in East Ayrshire, or localities within East Ayrshire, should be, if SEVs were to be licensed.
  • if the Council were to decide to pass a resolution to license SEVs, what matters should be taken into consideration in the development of an SEV Policy Statement.

We are therefore seeking your views on a range of issues associated with SEVs.

Download the proposal document (PDF 241Kb) for more details.


The consultation opens on Friday 8 November 2019 and closes at 4pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

How to comment


Fill in our online questionnaire.


Send your comments by e-mail to


Licensing Administration
East Ayrshire Council
Council Headquarters
London Road

Contact Information

Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826

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