Application for Brothel Licence - Queensland


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.

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.


This licence will remain in effect for three years.


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

Act(s) name

Prostitution Act 1999 QLD

Regulation(s) name

Prostitution Regulation 2014 QLD

Application process

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 If you fail to provide such information, you will be deemed to have withdrawn the application.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Additional information

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

Administering agency

Queensland Police Service

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Prostitution Licensing Authority

Attorney General and Minister for Justice

Operating address: Level 3, 5 Gardner Close
Queensland 4064
Mailing address: GPO Box 3196
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3858 9500
Fax: 07 3876 3641
Website: Prostitution Licensing Authority (Opens in new window)