Section 76 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (the ‘2015 Act’) establishes a specific licensing regime for the regulation of sexual entertainment venues (SEV). The provisions, when commenced, will allow local authorities to licence such venues under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (the “1982 Act”).
In carrying out its functions in relation to SEV, a local authority must have regard to non-statutory guidance issued by Ministers. The guidance is primarily to assist local authorities in taking forward work in relation to the sexual entertainment licensing regime and to help ensure that such activities take place in safe and regulated environments.
A Consultation On: Guidance on the Provisions for Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues and Changes to Licensing of Theatres was published on 01 November 2017 with a closing date of 07 February 2018 and welcomed views on:
a) any areas within the draft non-statutory guidance which were unclear or not easily understood
b) other issues which should be taken into account within the guidance.
In total, 31 responses were received with 29 respondents agreeing to the publication of their response. The Consultation On: Guidance on the Provisions for Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues and Changes to Licensing of Theatres - Summary of Responses provides a brief summary of the responses received, identifies common themes and outlines the next steps.