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

The Scottish Government passed legislation which became effective on 26 April 2019, and allows local authorities to decide if they wish to license Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs).

Prior to this legislation becoming effective, SEVs did not require to be specifically licensed to provide sexual entertainment in Scotland.

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.


We have undertaken the first part of the formal consultation exercise by seeking views on:

  • 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 we 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

Taking account of the responses received to the first part of the consultation, Members, at a meeting of the Local Government Licensing Panel on 28 April 2022, agreed to adopt a Resolution to licence SEVs in East Ayrshire with the number of SEVs being set at Zero.

Members also instructed the Chief Governance Officer to begin the second part of the consultation exercise by seeking views in relation to the formation of a Policy Statement.

Download the Draft Policy Statement (PDF 209Kb)


The consultation opens on Friday 27 May 2022 and closes at 4pm on Friday 24 June 2022.

How to comment


The online consultation form is now closed.


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In writing

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East Ayrshire Council
Licensing Section
Council Headquarters
London Road

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826