Application for Brothel Licence - Queensland

Service summary

Holding a brothel licence authorises you, as the holder, to operate a brothel at the premises stated in your licence, subject to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


means premises made available for prostitution by two or more prostitutes at the premises (Prostitution Act Schedule 4).


a person engages in prostitution if the person engages, or offers to engage, in the provision to another person, under an arrangement of a commercial character, of any of the following activities

  1. sexual intercourse;
  2. masturbation;
  3. oral sex;
  4. any activity, other than sexual intercourse, masturbation or oral sex, that involves the use of one person by another for his or her sexual satisfaction involving physical contact (Criminal Code section 229E).

Eligibility requirements

As an applicant you must not be ineligible in terms of Sections 8 and 16 of the Prostitution Act 1999. You must also be a suitable person to operate a licensed brothel, in accordance with Section 17 of the Act.


You cannot transfer this licence.


This licence will remain in effect for three years.


You can obtain information on fees from the Prostitution Licensing Authority.


Submit a completed application form and required fees to the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA).

The application kit, which includes application forms and a guide booklet, is available by contacting the authority, or from their website.

As an applicant for a Brothel licence you are subject to extensive vetting and you should expect that the process will take some time to complete.

Other fees may apply.  Please contact the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority, or refer to Schedule 2 of the Prostitution Regulation 2000 for more comprehensive information regarding fees.

As an applicant you will be interviewed personally during the vetting process and will be required to attend a police establishment and/or the Office of the Prostitution Licensing Authority to have your fingerprints taken. The authority will refuse to consider your application if you do not consent to providing these identifying particulars.

You will be asked to supply further information in support of your application, including information about family members and business associates. If you fail to provide such information, you will be deemed to have withdrawn the application.

Additional information

Information regarding the fee structure is available from the Prostitution Licensing Authority website.

Administering agency

Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Prostitution Licensing Authority

Act(s) name

Prostitution Act 1999 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Prostitution Regulation 2014 (Queensland)

Contact details

Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Prostitution Licensing Authority

Operating address:
Level 3, 5 Gardner Close
Queensland 4064
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3196
Queensland 4001






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