Adult Arcade Permit

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1053
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Commercial Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251

832.394.8803
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$2,280.65
Admin fee
$28.50
Inspection fee
$114.03 for re-inspection
Renewal fee
$1,140.33
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
1 business day

About

Permit allows an owner and/or operator to conduct activities, subject to Chapter 243 of the Local Government Code, in a building or facility for the benefit of the public or any group of members involving adult arcade or mini-theatre devices.

Conditions & Exceptions

The property and building must meet strict regulatory and code compliance.

Inspections are required on each annual application.

Renewals are required provided the business is still in operation.

What You Need
  • An Arcade Permit application that includes:
    • Copy of assumed name certificate from County Clerk,
    • Proof of land ownership (executed deed) and/or executed lease agreement,
  • Government-issued photo identification
  • National background check 
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents, and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called. 
  3. Once the application has been filed, ARA will direct the applicant to a designated facility for fingerprinting and the background check. 
Conditions & Exceptions

Prior to issuance, the applicant must complete public notification of intent to apply for a permit, post notice of the same on the property, and pass an inspection of the facility and neighborhood conducted by ARA - Commercial Permitting & Enforcement.

What You Need

Once the previously stated requirements are met, ARA will conduct an inspection of the property within 3 to 10 days and notify applicant if and when the permit is available to pick up. 

What You Need

The owner or operator must submit a renewal application at least 20 days before the expiration date of the current permit.

  • An Arcade Permit application that includes:
    • Copy of assumed name certificate from County Clerk,
    • Proof of land ownership (executed deed) and/or executed lease agreement,
  • Government-issued photo identification 
  • National background check
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card

 

Renew in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents, and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called. 
  3. Once the application has been filed, ARA will direct the applicant to a designated facility for fingerprinting and the background check. 
Conditions & Exceptions

Prior to issuance, the applicant must complete public notification of intent to apply for a permit, post notice of the same on the property, and pass an inspection of the facility and neighborhood conducted by ARA - Commercial Permitting & Enforcement.