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 and how to obtain approval can be found on the LG Toolbox website.

Home based business

A home based business, as defined in the MBRC Planning Scheme, cannot include a higher risk personal appearance service such as cosmetic tattooing. A person cannot currently apply for a licence to carry out a higher risk personal appearance service at a residential premises unless a town planning development approval has been issued.

State Government is currently reviewing Council’s submission to amend the home based business requirements within the MBRC Planning Scheme to allow cosmetic tattooing.

For more information on home based services visit MBRC Planning Scheme - Home based business.