Regulatory Services

Regulation of Sex Establishments

Including: Sex Shops, Sex Cinemas or a Sexual Entertainment Venue

District/Borough Councils are responsible for licensing sex establishments, should an application be made. Local authority officers therefore have contact with applicants and can ensure that relevant public health messages such as sexual health information, contraceptive advice and health and wellbeing messages are delivered to people who use these establishments.

Local information about sex establishments can be obtained from:

Skin Piercing Establishments

For example: tattoo parlours, body piercing

District/Borough Councils are responsible for licensing and regulating individuals who want to practice skin piercing (e.g. acupuncture, tattooing, body piercings and permanent make-up). As this involves piercing of the skin health risks and diseases could be contracted from this practice. Local authority officers have contact with these establishments; there are opportunities to discuss important public health messages with providers such as the importance of using clean, sterile equipment but also sexual health advice and the risk of transmission of blood borne viruses through unsafe sexual practice.

Local information about skin piercing establishments can be obtained from:

Food Related Licensing and Regulation

Local authorities are involved with the licensing and regulation of food establishments. Premises include: restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stall, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans. In addition to this, a premises licence is needed to authorise supply of hot food or hot drink for consumption on or off the premises between 11pm and 5am the following morning (includes mobile vehicles and takeaways).

There are many ways in which public health can influence this area of business, particularly in relation to tackling obesity. People’s food choices are strongly influenced by the availability and affordability of different types of food in the places they live, work, study and play.

Studies have found a positive association between availability of fast-food outlets and increasing deprivation. Takeaway food outlets are often located in areas of higher socio-economic deprivation and causal link between over-concentration of and/or proximity to fast-food outlets and obesity.

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