Adult Oriented Business

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An Adult Oriented Business (AOB for short) is any establishment operating as an adult bookstore, an adult service business, an adult video facility, an adult motel, a cabaret, or any combination of the foregoing.


$500 Non-refundable application fee

$200 Annual license fee


Tempe City Code §16A-112 to §16A-135

Application (must be completed online)

Adult Oriented Business Application
Adult Oriented Individual Application

Location Requirements (Sec. 16A-133)

An Adult Oriented Business cannot be within 1,320 feet of a

  • Another Adult Oriented Business 
  • Church
  • Child Care Facility
  • Preschool
  • Nursery
  • Elementary or Secondary School
  • Library
  • Public Park
  • Public Community Building
  • Recreational Facility where minors are permitted
  • Liquor license premise with #6 (Bar) or #7 (Beer & Wine Bar)
  • Residential District
  • The property line of a lot devoted to a residential use

Application packet must contain the following:

  • Business Application
  • Individual Applications for all owners, manager's, controlling persons
  • Copy of owners' and manager's driver's license digital photos of all applicant's (taken at licensing office)
  • Management agreement
  • Proof of Use Permit
  • An accurate floor plan depicting the interior and layout of the premises
  • Certification that the adult oriented business does not violate the location requirements of Section 16A-133 of the city code
  • Tax license from the Arizona department of revenue with Tempe listed as a location

Note: All owners and managers must submit fingerprints

$22 fingerprint fee per person

Fingerprint cards created by licensing office

Application packet is forwarded to:

1. Building Safety

2. Development Services

3. Fire Prevention

4. Police Department