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.