Register a hair, beauty or tattoo business


Businesses such as hairdressers, beauty salons and tattooists often conduct skin penetration procedures.

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.

Prior to operating a business that undertakes skin penetration procedures (whether from home, mobile or a commercial premises), you’ll need to notify Council by completing our online form (and paying a one-off fee) and comply with relevant Regulations, unless the procedures are carried out by a registered health practitioner. This is to ensure your business is safe and meets public health requirements.

You’ll need to notify Council within 7 days if any details change.  Your skin penetration business may also be routinely checked (and incur a fee) for compliance with public health legislation and associated guidelines that deal with issues such as cleanliness, sterilisation of equipment, and personal hygiene of staff.

  • If you require an inspection book here

General hairdressing is not considered to be skin penetration and is not covered by the Regulation, however, it is recommended that you notify Council for free by completing our online form.

Your premises may also require development approval if you are building a new premises, or renovating an existing one.