LAUNCESTON burlesque venue Lazy Butterfly will defy the Launceston City Council this weekend and open without its required temporary occupancy permit.
The council instructed the business owners on Wednesday that it had to close and cancel a scheduled open microphone night because its permit to stage events had expired on September 8.
The permit allowed it to operate as a function centre and operate a bar.
Owner Michelle said a weekend Halloween party and an almost sold-out Bodyheat strip show, to be held in a fortnight, was in jeopardy.
She said she would open regardless of council orders.
A temporary occupancy permit is a state Building Act requirement and a place of assembly permit is required under the Public Health Act.
Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council had renewed the business's place of assembly licence for the premises to operate as a function centre, to expire next June, but the licence required a valid temporary occupancy permit.
He said the council was keen to resolve permit issues with the business owners at a meeting this morning.
"Each time we issue a permit, even if a permit is only being renewed, the council inspects buildings to ensure they are safe places for people to visit," Mr Dobrzynski said.
"Place of assembly and occupancy permits allow us to ensure safety is maintained.
"The reality is there are many instances of disasters in places where large numbers of people congregate and it's imperative the right safety measures are in place.
"It's nothing to do with bureaucracy and everything to do with public safety."