Sexually Oriented Business, Enterprise Permit

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1054
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
$2,371.57
Admin fee
$29.64
Renewal fee
$1,185.78
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
1 business day

About

Permit allows an owner and/or operator to conduct activities in a building or facility for the benefit of the public or any group member involving enterprise such as an adult: bookstore, cabaret, encounter parlor, lounge, modeling studio, movie theatre or establishment to provide sexual stimulation or gratification.

Conditions & Exceptions

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

Inspections are required on each annual application.

Renewals are required provided still in operation.

What You Need
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 the applicant if and when the permit is available to pick up. 

What You Need

At least 20 calendar days before expiration of the current permit, owner/operator must submit a renewal application and pay the renewal fee amount to the City.

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.