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Stripping Laws by State 2024

Stripping Laws by State 2024

In 2024, stripping laws across the United States showcase a diverse array of regulations concerning age restrictions, performance conduct, and venue licensing. For example, while Alabama requires individuals to be 18 years or older to engage in stripping activities, full nudity is prohibited, and performers must obtain an exotic dancer license. Conversely, Alaska lacks specific regulations regarding stripping, leaving the industry largely unregulated at the state level. These variations highlight the complex interplay between state statutes and local ordinances governing adult entertainment establishments.

Meanwhile, specific examples from different states illustrate the nuanced approaches to stripping regulation. In California, where the minimum age for stripping is 21, clubs offering full nudity are barred from serving alcohol, and all performers must meet stringent employment criteria, including holding a stripper license and earning at least minimum wage. On the other hand, states like Georgia impose no specific regulations on stripping at the state level, instead requiring adult entertainment permits at the local level. This diverse regulatory landscape underscores the intricate balance between individual freedoms, public morality, and regulatory oversight within the adult entertainment industry.

Stripping Laws by State 2024

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State
Minimum Age
Restrictions
Possible Requirements
Alabama18- Full nudity is illegal- Exotic dancer license
Alaska18None
Arizona18None- Exotic dancer license
Arkansas18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Exotic dancer license
California21- Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcoholAll performers must: - Be classified as employees, - Have a stripper license, - Earn at least minimum wage
Colorado18Restrictions are regulated on local level- Exotic dancer license
Connecticut18- Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol
Delaware18- Strip clubs must close by 10pm, - Only Fairways Inn may legally have topless performers
Florida21Regulated by cities and municipalities- Performers must have work ID cards, - Clubs must keep files on performers
Georgia21None- Adult entertainment permit
Hawaii18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Adult entertainment permit, - Business license
Idaho18- Full nudity is illegal, - No touching or simulation of sex acts
Illinois18- Stripper must be 15' or more from patrons, - Full nudity is illegal, - No touching allowedPerformers must have: - Federal tax ID, - Business license
Indiana18- Full nudity is illegal, - No touching allowed- Adult entertainment permit
Iowa18- Full nudity is illegal
Kansas18- No touching allowed, - Full nudity is illegal- Performer work identification card
Kentucky18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Performer work identification card
Louisiana21- Full nudity is illegal- Adult entertainer permit
Maine18None
Maryland18- Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol- Adult entertainment business license
Massachusetts18NoneDancers must: - Be treated as an employee, - Receive all employee benefits
Michigan18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Licenses issued by the MLCC, - Background check
Minnesota18None
Mississippi18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Adult entertainment permit
Missouri18- Performers must remain on stage, - Stage must be at least 18" high and 6' from customers, - Clubs must close 12am-6am, - Full nudity and alcohol are illegal- Business license, - Federal tax EIN number
Montana18Regulated by cities and municipalities
Nebraska18Regulated by cities and municipalities- Private contractor must obtain a business license
Nevada18- Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol- Adult entertainment permit
New Hampshire18None
New Jersey18- No touching allowed, - Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol- Adult entertainment permit
New Mexico18- No touching allowed, - Private VIP rooms illegal- Adult entertainment permit
New York18- Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol- Adult entertainment permit, - Cabaret license
North Carolina18Regulated by cities and municipalities- License and background check
North Dakota18Regulated by cities and municipalities- License and background check
Ohio21- Performers may only touch immediate family members, - Clubs must close by midnight- Adult entertainment permit
Oklahoma21- Full nudity is illegal- Business license, - Federal tax EIN number
Oregon21None
Pennsylvania18- Full nudity is illegal, - No touching allowed- Entertainer's license to work, - Performers must report estimated tips on taxes
Rhode Island18None
South Carolina18None- Adult entertainment permit
South Dakota18- No touching allowed- License, - Background check
Tennessee18- Drag entertainment is criminalized, - Full nudity is illegal, - Alcohol is prohibited in some cities- County-issued permit
Texas21- Full nudity is illegal- License, - Background check
Utah18- Full nudity is illegal, - Clubs with full nudity may not serve alcohol, - Performer must remain onstage, - Patrons must remain offstage, - No touching between performers and patrons, - No simulations of a variety of sex acts listed in Utah law- Adult entertainment permit
Vermont18None- Adult entertainment license
Virginia18- Full nudity is illegal, - Lap dances are illegal, - No mixed drinks in strip clubs- Adult entertainment permit
Washington21- Dancers cannot leave the stage, - Performers must stay 10' from patrons, - Restrict times when erotic dancing may be performed- Adult entertainment permit, - Background check
West Virginia18None
Wisconsin18- Performance must be on platform at least 18 inches high, - No touching allowed
Wyoming18Regulated by cities and municipalities
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Stripping Laws by State 2024

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