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Skin penetration, hairdressers and barber premises

If you are operating any of the below businesses you are required under legislation to register your business with Council. Registration and inspection of these businesses is one way Council is ensuring the safety of our community. 

Skin penetration premises

All skin penetration premises within the area must be registered with Council.  Skin penetration is any procedure or treatment that intentionally penetrates the skin like:

  • acupuncture
  • cuticle cutting
  • ear and body piercing
  • tattooing
  • hair removal (by wax or electrolysis).


Hairdressing salons and barber shops

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


Approval to operate your business

Development consent is required for any new business premises or alteration to an existing one. Council provides a free Duty Planner service to answer your questions relating to building use and the approvals you may require.


Register your skin penetration, hairdresser or barber business

Use the links below to download the relevant form to notify Council of your business.  Penalties in excess of $200 apply for failure to notify.

Note: Any change to business particulars ie. the business is sold, services delivered or contact details change, etc, you must notify Council within 7 days.

 Notification of Skin Penetration Premises224KB pdf(PDF, 224KB)

 Notification of Hairdresser/Barber Premises221KB pdf(PDF, 221KB)


This page was last updated on: 22 August 2019