To run an adult shop, cinema or entertainment venue, you will need a licence from Bradford Council.
- must be at least 18 years old
- must not be disqualified from holding a licence
- must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal.
Application Evaluation Process
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.
Applications must be in writing (including by electronic means) and contain any information Bradford Council requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.
Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from Bradford Council by the end of the target completion period.
Online form: General Licensing Enquiry Form
Fax: 01274 432109
Environmental & Regulatory Services
6th Floor North
Failed Application Redress
Please contact Bradford Council in the first instance.
Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence, may, within 21 days of being notified of the refusal, appeal to the local magistrates' court.
However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:
- the number of sex establishments in the area exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate
- the grant of the licence would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area, or the premises themselves
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact Bradford Council in the first instance. A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the organisation by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Bradford Council complaints procedure