Health business

Any personal care and body art or accommodation businesses must be registered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

The following information contains requirement details for the different types of health business.

Personal care and body art

Businesses who operate low or high risk activities/services must follow Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries.

Low risk activities
  • Hairdresser/barber
  • Makeup - Application of cosmetics that does not involve skin penetration or tattooing (including eye lash extensions)
 High risk activities
  • Manicures, pedicures, other nail treatments
  • Facials or body treatments
  • Foot spa treatments
  • Body piercing or other skin penetration procedures
  • Hair removal (eg. electrolysis, IPL, laser, wax, threading)
  • Ear piercing
  • Tattooing/removal (permanent and semi-permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing)
  • Dry needling
  • Colonic irrigation


Any business running a prescribed accommodation premises, must follow the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Prescribed accommodation businesses
  • Residential accommodation
  • Motel/hotel
  • Hostel
  • Student dormitory
  • Holiday camps
  • Rooming house with temporary or shared accommodation

Opening a new business

You need to complete and submit a small business application form.

To ensure compliance with legislative requirements we ask that you also prepare some floor plans/drawings for your premises. Refer to the following guidelines for assistance.

Personal Care and Body Art

Prescribed Accommodation

  • Provide a floor plan of property

Your application will be assigned to a Health Officer who will liaise with you throughout the process until you are ready to open.

If you would like assistance in setting up your small business in Moonee Valley, contact our Economic Development unit on 9243 8866 or email

Transferring or buying an existing premise

To assist you with transferring your business, you may request a Condition of Premise Inspection report (pdf, 347KB) to make sure you are aware of any outstanding orders or structural requirements placed ion the business before settlement.

An inspection will be conducted by a Health Officer.

Allow 14 Days from receipt of your documentation for your inspection to be undertaken and report sent.

You need to complete and submit a small business application form to transfer your business.

Fees and charges

See the fees and charges

More information

  Contact us:

Council Environmental Health
9243 8888 9243 8810
Last updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 6:14 AM