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Skin penetration, hairdressers and barber premises

Thinking of opening or purchasing a skin penetration premise;  a hairdressing salon; or a barber shop.  The following information is will assist you in setting up your business.


Commercial premise 

Development consent is required for any new business premise or alteration to an existing one.

Operating from home 

Operating a skin penetration business from home may be permissible without planning approval if the premises comply with the requirements for home occupations.

Before commencing any works it is recommended you contact council’s customer service centre on phone 02 6581 8111 and discuss your proposal with a duty planner to ensure compliance.

Hairdressers and barbers do not carry out procedures that deliberately penetrate the skin. However, some procedures can damage the skin and knowledge about infection control and minimum hygiene standards is necessary to keep both clients and hairdressers safe from infection.

It is a Council requirement that all hairdressers and barbers, before opening for business, must be approved and registered with Council. 

If you operate a business (including mobile operators) that undertakes skin penetration procedures, you must register your business with council.

 Skin penetration procedures include:

  •  hair removal (wax or electrolysis)
  • acupuncture/dry needling
  • tattooing/cosmetic tattooing

  • ear and body piercing

  • colonic lavage

  • cuticle cutting

  • microdermabrasion / hydrodermabrasion

  • any other beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration of and/or removal of skin

There is a one-off registration fee when you register a new business, it is a requirement that any change to details after the initial registration are notified to Council within 7 days at no further charge.

 Setting up your business

 The design of all new beauty salons or premises undertaking skin penetration procedures, whether from home, mobile or a commercial premises must comply with the requirements of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005  and the Public Health Regulation 2012.

 Mobile businesses must be fitted out to comply with the same requirements for a fixed premises. Skin penetration procedures cannot be undertaken in an unapproved location, i.e. clients home and therefore must be undertaken in the registered mobile premises.

 For further information regarding the fit-out of a beauty salon your enquiries can be directed to an Environmental Health officer by calling 02 6581 8111.

A form to register or update the details of your skin penetration business can be found on the main page. 

You are required to register with Council.  Registration and inspection of these businesses is one way Council is ensuring the safety of our community.   

Use the links on the main page to download the relevant form to notify Council of your business. A fee only applies for Registration of a new Skin Penetration premise.  Notification of hairdressing salon, barber shop or change in business particulars is free.


  • Council must be notified within 7 days, of any change to business particulars ie the business is sold, contact details or a change in services delivered, etc..
  • Fines apply for failure to notify.


Premises are routinely checked for compliance with public health legislation and associated codes and guidelines that deal with issues such as cleanliness, defective construction,  sterilisation of equipment and personal hygiene of staff.  Council charges a fee for this service as per the current fees and charges schedule.

Premises where skin penetration is carried out by a registered health practitioner are not inspected by council and do not need to register.

More information and fact sheets on the skin penetration industry is available from the NSW Health website.



This page was last updated on: 15 February 2021