Objecting to a sex establishment

Anyone can object to an application. This includes residents or tenants, associations, community associations and trade associations.

Councillors and MPs can also raise objections. Elected councillors may represent interested parties if they do not also sit on the panel or committee hearing of the application.

The licensing authority will not consider objections that are:

  • not serious
  • repetitive, without foundation or made for some other reason such as to harass the application 
  • relate to moral or religious grounds or values.

Any of these objections will be rejected or disregarded in part.

If objections are rejected or disregarded the objector will be told in writing with the reason.

Making an objection

Objections must be made in writing and be received by the Licensing Authority within 28 days of the application being made. 

The objection must include the:

  • name and address of the person or organisation making the objection
  • premises that the objection is for
  • proximity of the premises to the person making the objection
  • general terms of the objection.

The Licensing Authority may only consider petitions that include:

  • an outline of the main issues of concern at the top of each page
  • each person's name, address, signature, date and personal concerns or reason for the objection
  • one person on the petition to be the nominated contact.

The terms of any objection must be given to the applicant before the decision is made.

The report to the relevant panel or committee may have full details of the objectors and their objection. It will include any actions or undertaking proposed by the applicant to address the matters raised in the objections.


For more information contact the Licensing Team by emailing licensing@gravesham.gov.uk.

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR