There are laws that govern strip clubs all over the country. The thing is that federal or national law are not very specific with regards to these kinds of establishments, which is why it is in the city or state level that the laws are stricter.

Federal law actually does not ban the operation of such a business and it is up to the mayor and the city council and other representatives of the state to make up the governing rules and regulations.


The age of the person who can work in or visit strip clubs has a limit. This is mainly due to the impropriety of a minor being in such an establishment as well as the presence of alcoholic beverages in the premises.

It is usually around the age of 18 that is not allowed to enter or work in such venues while persons of 21 years and below cannot be served any kind of alcoholic beverages in the vicinity. The context of the 18 year age is patrons and workers.

These include performers, bartenders, waiters and any other form of work that is connected to the business. Patrons’ identification needs to be checked as they enter the venue especially if they appear younger in looks and appearance. Most, if not all, states and cities, bar anyone age 18 and below from entering such establishments and serving any form of alcoholic beverage to persons below the age of 21 is illegal.

In connection to the presence and serving of alcohol in the strip clubs, each and every one of them needs to have a license when they serve any kind of alcoholic beverages to their patrons. While many of these venues do serve drinks of this nature, some have been banned by their states or cities from actually serving these kinds of drinks to their patrons, performers and any other person who might be working or patronizing the establishment.

The presence or use of illegal drugs can also be the cause of the business being shut down by the local government.


The laws of most states and cities are actually against full nudity in these venues. Many of them require the use of pasties or minimal covering, especially in strip clubs that serve alcohol. The intoxication of both patrons and workers can lead to fights and other events that are not encouraged in these kinds of premises.

The state of nudity of the performer can also dictate whether the “no touch” policy should be enforced. Many states have laws clearly stating that there should be a minimum distance between a performer and a patron at any given time. This means that lap dances are not allowed in the places where these laws are enforced.

The stage can also be the barrier that patrons cannot go up to. This is why some strip clubs actually have bouncers who regulate over excited customers or patrons who want to go up the stage.

These are just a few of the laws, rules, and regulations that many states have adopted for strip clubs. Each state may have different laws regarding these establishments.

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