Anyone who wants to operate a prostitution business must apply for a brothel operator certificate.
An operator is a person who, whether alone or with others, owns, operates, controls or manages the business. This includes:
To be given an operator's certificate, you must be:
A person in New Zealand who has a temporary or a limited purposes permit is not allowed to run a prostitution business or provide commercial sexual services.
Small owner-operated brothels don’t usually have an operator who should have a certificate. (A small owner-operated brothel has no more than 4 sex workers and each sex worker is in control of their earnings from the brothel.)
A brothel certificate application costs $250.
You must include with your application form:
Send your application to:
The Registrar (Prostitution Reform Act)
Auckland District Court
Private Bag 92191
You can email us any questions:
If you meet the requirements the Registrar will check if you have criminal convictions. Some convictions disqualify people from holding a certificate. These convictions include offences under:
If you’ve been denied a certificate because of a conviction you can apply to the Registrar of the Auckland District Court to have your disqualification waived.
To waive the disqualification a District Court judge needs to be satisfied that the offending happened so long ago or was of such a nature that it should not be a barrier to you getting a brothel operator certificate. The judge also needs to be satisfied you haven't been associating with people who might be disqualified and will ask the police to give a report.
Two months before your certificate is due to expire you should file a new application to the Auckland District Court to make sure you receive your new licence before your current licence expires.
Use the same application form and send it to the same postal address you used to apply.
If you've lost your licence it costs $30 to get a replacement certificate.
To replace your certificate you need to make a statutory declaration to Auckland District Court stating what happened to your original one.
If you need any help or have any questions contact Auckland District Court: