This page provides an overview of adult entertainment regulation in Washington State, including relevant court decisions, and examples of ordinances and supporting studies. Regulations must be carefully considered in light of federal and state constitutional guarantees regarding freedom of expression. Even though adult entertainment regulations may seem complicated to implement, local governments are well-advised to have them in place before adult entertainment uses seek to locate in their communities, rather than scrambling to play catch-up once they are already established. Regulations imposed on sexually oriented businesses have been challenged in the courts over many years. The result of these challenges is a body of court decisions that conclude that local governments may impose reasonable time, place, and manner regulations on adult businesses as long as a substantial public interest in regulating the use in a way that does not suppress speech is demonstrated, and as long as reasonable alternative locations are provided for the use. While it is unlikely that local governments may totally ban sexually oriented businesses, location and licensing restrictions may be imposed since the courts recognize that communities are entitled to protect themselves against the "secondary effects" of such businesses. Washington cities and counties have enacted a variety of regulatory approaches for adult entertainment businesses.
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