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Prostitution Licensing Authority › Licences and Certificates › Applying for a Brothel Licence

Applying for a Brothel Licence

In considering a brothel licence application, the PLA must assess an applicant for:

Once an application has been lodged with the PLA, all information supplied by the applicant must be kept up to date. Under the Act it is an offence if, within ten days after becoming aware of a change in the information, an applicant has not given the particulars of the change to the PLA by written notice. An applicant may withdraw an application at any time before the brothel licence has been issued.


A person is ineligible to apply for a brothel licence if the person:


In considering the suitability of an individual to hold a brothel licence the PLA must consider:

The PLA must not decide that an applicant for a licence is not a suitable person to operate a licensed brothel only because the applicant has worked as a prostitute.


Brothel licence fees (Brothel licence fees 38 KB) must be paid annually, and generally all fees are increased annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Fees Matrix (Fees Matrix for Managers 18 KB)

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Brothel licence application forms

Brothel licence application forms are available from the Office of the PLA. Phone: (07) 3858 9500.

Brothel Licence Application (Brothel Licence Application|386975|application/pdf 446 KB)

Brothel Licence Information Forms

[1] Disqualifying offences are: official corruption, unlawful homicide, rape, abduction, kidnapping, demanding property, benefit or performance of services with threats, offences against morality, offences of prostitution that relate to a child or intellectually impaired person, and various offences under the Migration Act 1985 (C’wlth).


Last updated 1/07/2019