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I’m running a massage parlour that provides erotic massage, not a brothel. Do we need to get approval from the local council?

Answer

Yes. Under the law, any premises where sexual services are provided is legally considered a brothel.

The law is clear that—even if you advertise and/or pretend to be a massage parlour, sauna bath, steam bath, photo studio, facility for physical exercise or health studio—if your business provides a sexual service, it is legally considered a brothel or sex services premises.

For more information on the definition of a brothel and how to apply to council, check out our section on sex work law.