Adult entertainment permit
As a licensee or permit holder, you must apply for an adult entertainment permit (AEP) if you wish to conduct sexually explicit entertainment.
Permits can be issued for one-off occasions, or for an ongoing period of three (3) years. You may make up to six one-off applications per year, otherwise, a three-year permit is required. An adult entertainment permit cannot be renewed or transferred.
Do I need a permit?
Not all activities that might be considered 'adult entertainment' need to be conducted under a permit. However, if the genitalia of any performer or staff member will be visible, either deliberately or by accident, during the provision of entertainment or other activities at your venue, then you do need a permit.
New 'approved controller ' approval process
Legislative amendments commencing 1 July 2014 have introduced a new approval process for controllers who supervise the conduct of adult entertainment. These changes to the legislation mean that the applicant for an ‘approved controller’ approval will be the individual not the holder of the adult entertainment permit.
If the applicant is determined to be suitable, the individual will be issued with a five year approval as an ‘approved controller’ and is able to be employed at any premises approved to conduct adult entertainment in Queensland. The new controller’s approval is not restricted to a particular venue.
As part of the new legislation, any person who is currently nominated as a controller on a current adult entertainment permit on 1 July 2014, will be automatically deemed an ‘approved controller’ and will be issued with a five year approval and identification card.
How to apply for an adult entertainment permit
Your application should include:
- an application form (PDF 635 K)
- personal details schedules (PDF 560 K) for the applicant
- a management plan
- the prescribed application fee.
The average processing time is at least three months, regardless of whether the application is for a one-off or a three-year permit.
Your application for an adult entertainment permit must be accompanied by a management plan. The management plan must include:
- a description of the proposed areas (including dimensions) to be used for sexually explicit entertainment
- a layout plan (scale 1:100) of the proposed area, including the liquor service points
- how the area will be screened from other areas and the outside
- patron seating areas
- the stage area (whether temporary or permanent) and how it will be separated from the audience
- the change rooms for performers
- the ratio of staff and security (for every 50 patrons) who will be on duty in the area during performances
- details on how you will ensure that there is no audience participation during performances.
Compliance officers will inspect every venue subject to an application to verify details of the management plan.
Processing your application
Investigations will be undertaken into the criminal histories of all parties involved in the application including the applicant, controllers and associates. Consideration will be given to the previous conduct of the applicant in the business.
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) will conduct checks through the Prostitution Licensing Authority to ensure that no links exist between approved brothels and venues to which an adult entertainment permit relates. OLGR will also consult with the police and local authority.
Compliance officers will inspect every venue subject to an application, ensuring that the area:
- is fully enclosed in a way that prevents a person outside the area from seeing inside
- does not contain a lounge, booth or compartment for private use by persons attending the entertainment.
You must advertise the initial application, notifying the public of your application and the grounds for objection. You may also need to advertise subsequent permits and applications for one-off permits.
Protection of minors
Regardless of the circumstances, the provisions of section 155AA of the Liquor Act 1992 state that minors must not be in an approved area when adult entertainment is being provided. This means that a minor can not be in an approved area in the capacity of a performer of adult entertainment or as an employee in any capacity. These restrictions are imposed to prevent minors being exposed to or getting involved in adult entertainment activities.
- Form 32: Application for adult entertainment permit (PDF 635 K)
- Form 33: Personal details schedule (PDF 560 K) (for applicants applying for an adult entertainment permit)
- Form 34: Character reference (PDF 1,010 K)
- Form 51: Application for approved controller of adult entertainment
Last reviewed 27 June 2014