Business licensing - hair, beauty and skin penetration

If you are planning to operate a hair, beauty or skin penetration business, it is important that you are aware of the health risks, regulations and Council requirements involved. Unsafe or unhygienic premises or procedures in these industries can put both customers' and operators' health at serious risk and can lead to the spread of infectious diseases.

These businesses include: Acupuncture, electrolysis, waxing, tattooing, body piercing, ear piercing, blood testing, hairdressing, barber, beauty therapy and colonic lavage. 

Under the Public Health Act 2010 and the Local Government Act 1993, Councils are required to maintain a register of these businesses. This register helps Council monitor and ensure compliance with the relevant legislation in order to reduce the potential health risks to the community. 

Registration or notification of business

All hairdressers and beauty salon businesses are required to be registered with Council under the Local Government Act 1993. Skin penetration businesses are required to notify Council under the Public Health Act 2010.  

A new registration or notification is also required if a business changes owners or moves premises. Registration can happen either in conjunction with a development approval from Council if required, or by submitting the relevant forms to Council.  

Mobile businesses are also required to be registered.

Register online - skin penetration premises

Register online - hairdressers and beauty salons

Business standards and regulations

Legislative Requirements (Parts 2 and 3)
NSW Health - Hygiene Standards

Beauty Salons
Legislative Requirements (Parts 2 and 3)
NSW Health - Hygiene Standards

Skin Penetration Procedures
NSW Health - Hygiene Standards