Swingers in East Lothian could need a licence to party

Sex clubs and private swingers parties could require a licence to operate in East Lothian from next year.

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Locals are being asked whether it should introduce licensing for adult entertainment venues which could impact on people hosting sex parties in their homes as well as public venues.

The proposed licence rules define Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEV) as any “vehicle, vessel or stall” adding only private dwellings “to which the public is not admitted” are excluded.

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A licence could be needed for sex clubs or swingers parties in East Lothian

Setting out guidelines for what qualifies as an SEV the council says money does not have to change hands for something to be classed as sexual entertainment.

It says “sexual entertainment’ means any live performance or any live display of nudity which is of such a nature, ignoring financial gain, such that it must be reasonably assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating any member of the audience.

However it adds that no licence would be required as long as events were not held more than four times a year at any given venue.

And it is consulting on whether a no touching rule should be included in licence conditions.

There are no known established sex or adult entertainment venues in East Lothian.

Asked whether the licences could under the current descriptions be required for swingers parties – where people gather in private homes for sexual entertainment, the council acknowledge that the licences could be required for private parties.