Adult Entertainment Permit Issuance Process

About the Adult Entertainment Permits
The City of Atlanta Police Department License and Permit Unit regulates adult entertainment to ensure that applicants fulfill the age requirement and have not had any prior convictions, in addition to other aspects of the Atlanta Municipal Code.

Who is required?
Everyone who is working inside the adult entertainment establishment is required to obtain an adult entertainment permit, including the owner. This is including but not limited to: bartenders, deejays, owners, security, dishwashers, “house mothers,” kitchen staff and any other employees who work for the adult entertainment establishment.

What does the permit allow me to do?
The permit allows an individual to work at an adult entertainment establishment and it is issued per employee and per establishment. You must obtain a separate permit to work at an additional adult entertainment establishment.

STEP ONE – Get hired
Make sure that the adult entertainment establishment has hired you. The permit is not refundable and non-transferable.

STEP TWO – Notarize your SAVE affidavit
Obtain a copy of the SAVE affidavit and have it notarized. (Document links below)

STEP THREE – Obtain three separate money orders
Your visit to the License and Permit Unit would be expedited if you came prepared to pay the three fees via money order. The License and Permit Unit does not accept any other forms of payment.

  • Fingerprint - $20
  • Processing fee - $50
  • Adult entertainment permit - $300

Payment for fees will be accepted only in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. All application fees are non-refundable. The following money orders will NOT be accepted: Fidelity Express, United One, and US Express. Funds must be on separate money orders/cashier’s checks in the amounts listed. These fees are processed at the License and Permit Unit.

STEP FOUR – Visit the License and Permit Unit to complete the application
Prepare your secure and verifiable form of identification and go to the License and Permit Unit to fill out the application card and the consent form.

  • Application card
    • Please write legibly in BLACK ink or type information. Answer all questions appropriately and in detail. At this time, the officer will ask for all three money orders.
  • Background check
    • This background check verifies that there are no outstanding charges against that individual. According to the Atlanta Municipal Code, we cannot issue you a permit if you have had any prior convictions within the past three years in this country for crimes related to the unlawful dealing of narcotics, sexual-related offenses and crimes of moral terpitude. Moreover, we cannot issue you a permit if employment would violate the terms of your parole or probation. If you do not pass the background check, you will receive a receipt for the processing fee and we will return the fingerprinting money order and the permit fee money order.
  • Finger print 
    • If you pass the background check, you may proceed to be fingerprinted. The applicant will be fingerprinted in the License and Permits Office. The fee for fingerprinting is $20 per person.

STEP FIVE – Obtain your Adult Entertainment Permit
Once you complete the fingerprinting, the License and Permit Unit will take your photo. After successfully completing your background check and processing all of the required documents, the License and Permit Unit will issue you your Adult Entertainment permit. Your permit is good for one year starting the date that the permit fee was accepted.

Please note: If you would like to work at an additional establishment, you must return to the License Permit Unit to complete the process again. You will need another notarized SAVE affidavit, two money orders and a completed consent form.


Fees
Payment for fees will be accepted only in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. All application fees are non-refundable. The following money orders will NOT be accepted: Fidelity Express, United One, and US Express. Funds must be on separate money orders/cashier’s checks in the amounts listed. These fees are processed at the License and Permit Unit.

  • Fingerprint - $20
  • Processing fee - $50
  • Adult entertainment permit - $300


Required Documents
Save Affidavit
Secure and Verifiable ID

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Location

Public Safety Annex
First Floor (on the right after the security checkpoint)
3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy

License and Permit Unit Hotline
(404) 546-4470

Hours of Operation (to accept financial transactions)
Monday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We are closed on weekends and holidays.

If you only want to pick up an application, we are available until 5:00 p.m. Applications are also available online here.

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