Personal appearance services

Operators of higher risk personal appearance services require a licence under the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003. Higher risk personal appearance services include:

  • body piercing, other than closed ear or nose piercing
  • implanting natural or synthetic substances into a person's skin e.g. hair or beads
  • scarring or cutting a person's skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark or design
  • tattooing including cosmetic tattooing or synthetic makeup.

The Act also contains requirements for non-higher risk personal appearance services. Non-higher risk personal appearance services include:

  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy.

Operators of non-higher risk personal appearance services are required to comply with hygiene and infection control requirements but are not required to be licensed.

Compliance requirements can be found on the LG Toolbox website.

Applying for a licence

To apply for a higher risk personal appearance services licence or to amend or transfer an existing licence:

  • Click request button and sign in to MBRC Online Services (Instructions)
  • Go to 'Enquiries'
  • Find 'Permits and Licences - Environmental Health, Public Health and Food' and click 'Start' to begin the process
  • Payment via Visa or Mastercard is required at the time of application.

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