Labour councillors in Birmingham have called on the Government to give local authorities greater powers in tackling the proliferation of lap-dancing clubs.
Lap-dancing clubs in Birmingham currently operate under a public entertainment license (PEL) in the same way as public houses.
Birmingham City Council officials claim they are powerless to act against pubs becoming lap-dancing venues under present regulations.
Members of the council's licensing committee attempted to block plans for The Merchant Stores pub to become a lap-dancing venue by refusing to give it extended hours in November 2003. The owner, Metin Yusuf, is confident magistrates should give the plan the go-ahead at an appeal.
Councillor Peter Kane, the party's lead member on the licensing committee, said: "Establishments wishing to change to lap-dancing clubs should have to apply for a Sex Establishment Licence."