Sex industry premises
Sex and the City
The City of Sydney regulates businesses in the sex and adult entertainment industries, including brothels, swingers clubs, strip venues, adult bookshops and adult cinemas.
Brothels and massage premises
All premises that provide a sexual service are defined in City policy as brothels. This includes premises that provide 'full service' sexual intercourse and premises that may not provide sexual intercourse but provide other sexual services including 'relief' and erotic massage.
Adult entertainment and sex industry premises are only permissible in some areas, depending on land zoning. Information about the zoning can be obtained by contacting a City duty planner (see contacts below).
The building owner's written consent for the venue to be used as sex service or adult entertainment premises must be obtained for a development application.
Adult entertainment and sex industry premises must not be:
- located in areas zoned residential
- within buildings that are also used as residences
- immediately adjacent to or directly opposite land developed for residential purposes
- next to or directly opposite sensitive land uses such as churches, daycare or child-minding centres, primary and secondary schools, parks, playgrounds or other places children frequent.
New sex industry and adult entertainment premises must not be located within a radius of 75m from an existing, approved adult entertainment or sex industry premises.
Lodging a development application
Applications can be collected from and lodged at any of our Neighbourhood Service Centres.
Development application forms are also available online.
Home occupation sex service premises
City policy for home occupation sex service premises varies according to premises. For information concerning policy, contact the duty planner at the City (see contacts below).
Complaints concerning unauthorised or non-complying adult entertainment and sex industry premises can be made to the City.
Additional information and resources for the operators of sex industry premises are available from the following sexual health centres:
Royal Prince Alfred Sexual Health Clinic
02 9515 1200
Sydney Sexual Health Centre
02 9382 7440
Kirketon Road Centre
02 9360 2766
02 9206 2000acon.org.au
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
NSW Health02 9391 9000health.nsw.gov.au
NSW Sexual Health Infoline
1800 451 624
Health and Safety Guidelines for Brothels1300 799 003workcover.nsw.gov.au
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)
02 9206 2166swop.org.au
If you would prefer to discuss your proposal, you can contact the City and make an appointment to speak to a planner about your proposed development using our book a planner portal.
Last updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2017