You must apply for an adult entertainment permit if you wish to conduct sexually explicit entertainment on licensed premises. You can apply for an adult entertainment permit for one-off occasions, or for an ongoing period of 3 years.
Any adult entertainment conducted on licensed premises must by authorised by an adult entertainment permit.
Adult entertainment is defined in the Liquor Act 1992 and includes where the anus, vulva, vagina, penis or scrotum 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.
Note: You may make up to 6 one-off applications each year, otherwise you require a 3-year permit.
There are a number of restrictions on what can or cannot occur in relation to adult entertainment.
If you are conducting sexually explicit entertainment under an adult entertainment permit, you must display a sign at the entrance to the room or area advising patrons that adult entertainment is being provided and that minors cannot enter. This sign will be provided to you by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation upon approval of your permit.
If you wish to advertise the adult entertainment, the advertisement must not describe the sexually explicit nature of the acts performed in the entertainment.
If you wish to advertise the adult entertainment through print media, the advertisement must not contain graphics or photographs and it must be limited in size to not more than 80mm x 50mm.
Any other advertising for adult entertainment such as matchboxes, napkins, coasters, building signs, car signs, etc, must not contain graphics or photographs.
You must not publish any advertisement for adult entertainment through radio or television, or by film or video recording.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To apply for an adult entertainment permit you must already hold one of the following:
Permits can be issued for one-off occasions, or for an ongoing period of 3 years.
Application for adult entertainment permit (3 years)
Application for adult entertainment permit (one-off occasion)
Application to extend, on a regular basis, the hours during which adult entertainment may be provided
Application for variation of hours during which adult entertainment may be provided for one occasion
Application to make another change to an existing permit
Note: The average processing time for applications is at least 3 months, regardless of whether the application is for a one-off or 3-year permit.
To apply for a one-off permit or 3-year permit, you must submit the following to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR):
Form 32: Application for adult entertainment permit
Form 33: Personal details schedule (for the applicant)
Form 34: Character reference
management plan (see below)
a company extract showing all current directors (only if the applicant is a corporation).
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.
It is not mandatory for applications for one-off permits to be advertised however, OLGR may require the application to be advertised.
OLGR require initial applications for 3-year permits to be advertised, notifying the public of the application and the grounds for objection.
Read more about advertising requirements.
This permit cannot be transferred.
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.
Criminal history check
A criminal history check will be conducted for each new person named on the application form (e.g. licensee, permittee, or company director).
Investigations will be undertaken into the criminal histories of the operator and all associates. Consideration will be given to the previous conduct of the applicant in the business. Checks will be conducted through the Prostitution Licensing Authority to ensure that no links exist between approved brothels and premises to which an adult entertainment permit relates.
Comments regarding the application will be sought from the police and local authority. Licensing officers will inspect every venue subject to an application to verify that the specified area is suitable for the entertainment ensuring that the area:
is fully enclosed in a way that prevents a person outside the area from seeing inside; and
does not contain a lounge, booth or compartment for private use by persons attending
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Liquor Act 1992 (Queensland)
Liquor Regulation 2002 (Queensland)
The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service
(ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance
To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments
make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the
information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.
The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice,
nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained,
the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain
appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material
provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.
To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments,
their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including
without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information
which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences
of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon