What do I need to open a strip club?

Specifically, what kind of special permits or regular licenses and permits will I need in order to open up a strip club?

Stockton, CA -

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Justin Dain Hein

Justin Dain Hein

Advertising Lawyer - Sacramento, CA
Answered

From a very brief review, it looks like you need an Operator Permit, in addition to a normal business license with the City of Stockton. You are also prohibited from selling alcohol. This is, of course, assuming you are going to open it in your city of reference. If so, a good place to start would be the City of Stockton Municipal Code. Title 5, Chapter 5.60 has an extensive overview of the requirements.

In other municipalities, there may be other requirements. And you might be permitted to sell alcohol. That would involve an extensive application process with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Finally, there is your actual business entity. By its very nature, a strip club involves a lot of risk. You will also be dealing with an assortment of risky customers, employees, and vendors. So, you will want to obtain some liability protection. This can be acquired by forming a corporation or limited liability company. Then, you will also need a seller's permit, Employer Identification Number, and apply for S Chapter status with the IRS.

So, in short, there is quite a bit. And this is just to get you up and running. Thereafter you will have independent contractor agreements or job descriptions for your talent, employee and customer code of conduct, operations manual, etc.

Raphael Samuel Moore

Raphael Samuel Moore

Business Attorney - Davis, CA
Answered

You won't get all the answers on this online forum. You should meet with a local business attorney.

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Nicholas Basil Spirtos

Nicholas Basil Spirtos

Business Attorney - Montclair, CA
Answered

At the very least, you will need a business license. As to what other licenses or permits you need, it will depend on the city or county you are looking at.

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