Beauty and Body Art Businesses

Personal care and body art businesses must be registered with Council under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. Business conducting any of the following activities must be registered:

  • hairdressing
  • beauty treatments
  • manicure/pedicure
  • waxing
  • electrolysis
  • ear piercing
  • body piercing
  • tattooing
  • colonic irrigation.

If you are starting, growing or changing a business and unsure about what permits you require. Complete our small business self assessment tool to determine whether a permit is required and learn about the support provided by our business concierge service. Our Business Permit Applications Guidelines may also be useful.

Starting a new business

Approval must be obtained for the proposed design and fit-out of the premises, before construction can commence. This process ensures that the premises complies with the minimum hygiene standards required under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and related guidelines.

The document below outlines requirements of the construction, fit-out and registration of new personal care and body art businesses.

Construction Guidelines for Health Act Premises(PDF, 430KB)

Plans which meet these requirements must be submitted to our Environmental Health Unit using the following form:

Application for Plans Approval – Beauty and Body Art Businesses(PDF, 83KB)

The plans will be assessed by an Environmental Health Officer, who will also conduct a final inspection of the premises before issuing a registration application form.

Purchasing an existing business

If you are purchasing an existing business, you will need to transfer the Public Health and Wellbeing Act Registration into your company name.

Application to Transfer Registration - Health Premises

Contact information

For more information about personal care and body art businesses, please contact us to speak with an Environmental Health Officer:

Office hours: Monday to Friday between 8:30am – 5pm

Phone: 8290 3393