Your Rights in Clubs

Clubs have the right to search anyone entering their premises, and must provide searchers of both sexes.

They can refuse entry to anyone who refuses a search and can only insist on searching outside clothes, pockets and bags.

your rights

They must conduct the search in a decent manner and with respect to the individual. They cannot insist on a more intimate search without your permission.

Legally, they can only conduct strip- searches and search inside clothes with your permission in private with an independent witness.


If a bouncer searches inside your clothes or performs a strip search without your permission they may be charged with assault.


Only the police or customs & excise officials are empowered to search you without permission. But they may not search your underwear without taking you to a police station.