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Dan, I live in Las Vegas and am in the process of starting an Adult Content production company. I am confused because I have been told there are Legal and Zoning limitations that must be considered. I lease a home with over 5000 sr ft and 6 bedrooms, four of witch I had planed to use as different "Set" with the 5th as my Production office.

I know zoning comes into play when a commercial property is leased for an adult business, but do the same requirements come into play with a home based business, and if so what considerations do I need to look closely at before launching this project?

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Xavier,

Although zoning ordinances typically do come into play when using a property for commercial purposes, you will not find a zoning ordinance in Las Vegas that specifically permits the production of adult content.  

Other vital considerations including recognizing the risk of prosecution for prostitution in connection with your production, preparing effective and enforceable model releases, production and crew agreements, 2257 compliance, obscenity issues, intellectual property protection, among others.  Some of these issues will turn on the nature of the content you wish to produce and how you plan on distributing it.

I strongly advise you retain an attorney knowledgeable in this area before you begin any production.  If you'd like to discuss your situation with me further, feel free to contact me through adultwebsitelawyer.com.

Good luck!  

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Dan Pepper

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Lawyer representing adult industry businesses and entertainers, and can answer questions related to:

How to start an adult film business or adult website LEGALLY.

What laws to be concerned about with getting into the adult entertainment industry.

What terms and conditions do you need on your adult website.

How to comply with 18 USC 2257 - the federal record keeping requirements.

What forms and agreements do you need for models and crew.

How to deal with copyright and trademark laws.

Before asking your question, I recommend visiting adultwebsitelawyer.com and requesting a copy of the Top 6 Considerations of Starting an Adult Entertainment Business. You may find your question answered there.

I ALSO DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MALES INTERESTED IN STARRING IN ADULT FILMS.

Experience

I have been practicing law since 1994, and have represented numerous businesses and entertainers in the adult entertainment industry as the managing member of Pepper Law Group, LLC, at adultwebsitelawyer.com. My firm also operates 2257Sentry, one of the industry's leading 18 USC 2257 custodian record keeping services for producers of adult content.

Organizations
Free Speech Coalition, Frequent speaker at adult industry events including the Internext Expo and Exxxotica New York; interviewed in AVN Online; regular contributor to XBiz World

Publications
XBiz World AVN Online

Education/Credentials
BA in Political Science, JD (law degree)

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