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As of 28 April 2023, all premises operating as a sexual entertainment venue (SEV) in East Ayrshire will require a licence.

How to apply for a SEV licence

Please ensure that you have read the sexual entertainment venue policy statement (PDF 223Kb) prior to lodging an application.

Forms and guidance are listed below:

Completed applications should be sent to or alternatively posted to:

The Chief Governance Officer
Licensing Section
East Ayrshire Council
Council Headquarters
London Road

On receipt of the application a member of the Licensing Section will contact you for payment.

How much does a SEV licence cost

An application for grant/renewal of a licence is £1,500 for a three year licence.

Can anyone object to a SEV application

The Licensing Section will send a copy of the SEV licence application to the following consultees:

  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Planning Department
  • Building Standards Department
  • Environmental Health
  • Community Council for the area
  • Elected Members for the area

Consultees will require to submit their response within the 28 day consultation period.

The legislation also permits any member of the public to submit an objection or representation to a SEV licence applications. 

Objections/representations must:

  • be in writing (e-mail is acceptable)
  • specify the grounds for objection/representation
  • give the name and address of the person making the objection/representation and
  • be provided to the local authority by e-mailing or in writing by post to:

    The Licensing Section
    East Ayrshire Council
    Council Headquarters
    London Road
    KA7 3BU

Objections/representations must be sent no later than 28 days from the date specified in the Site Notice. 

Please note that if posting your objection/representation it should be received at the Licensing Section within the 28 day period.

Consideration of late objections and representations

Although the local authority is under a duty to consider any objections or representations made within the timescale detailed above, it does have discretion to hear late objections/representations provided it is satisfied with the reasons for lateness. 

Where a late objection/representation has been received it will be passed to the applicant to enable them to consider it in the event that the Licensing Panel determine to hear the late representation.


Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826