Alcohol + stripping comes to Saskatchewan

Until Jan. 1, stripping where alcohol is served was banned in Saskatchewan. However now that the province has loosened up the rules, the City of Regina is looking at changing its zoning rules. (Ryan Pilon/CBC)

Regina is refining its rules on where strip clubs can go, and it appears they will be restricted to industrial areas only.

That's the proposal that's going to the city's planning commission on Wednesday.

It's in response to changes to provincial liquor laws that went into effect Jan. 1, permitting partial stripping and wet t-shirt contests.

Until the beginning of the year, the province wouldn't allow nude dancers in licensed establishments.

Regina officials are recommending an adjustment to the zoning bylaw that restricts so-called "adult entertainment" establishments to industrial areas, mostly in the northeastern section of the city. For the most part, it's a status quo policy with some adjustments to the bylaw language.

Adult entertainment — including massage parlours and adult cabarets — would be banned from setting up any closer than 182 metres to homes, schools, and parks. 

The city administration hopes to present a bylaw to council next month.

If the proposal becomes law, it will mean most of the existing bars in the city will not be allowed to add strip shows or wet clothing contests.

Instead, new establishments will have to be opened up in the industrial zones.

Saskatoon has already set up its own zoning rules for strip clubs and other adult entertainment. Similar to Regina, such establishments are mostly restricted to industrial areas.

However, the big difference between the two cities is that Saskatoon will also allow existing bars to hold strip shows once or twice a month.