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 or altering your existing premises

To assist you with opening a new business or altering and exiting premises, we recommend the following process:

Steps Process

Personal care and body art businesses

Familiarise yourself with the documents and the laws outlined in the Legislative Requirements Guide (pdf, 233KB)

Prepare floor plans by following:

Prescribed accommodation businesses

Provide a floor plan of property

Contact Council's planning department on 9243 8888 to discuss if a permit is required for the location of your business prior to starting any works. Alterations to shopfronts and signage should also be discussed.

A building permit may also be required for prescribed accommodation businesses - contact Council's building department on 9243 8888 to enquire.


Submit two copies of your plans along with the relevant completed application form:


Your plans will be assessed by an Environmental Health Officer.

Allow 15 working days from receipt of your documentation.


You will receive written advice that plans are suitable (with conditions), alternatively, you will be asked to provide additional information.

Please discuss any issues with the Environmental Health Officer who will be able to assist you with the process.


The fitting out works on your premises can commence.

An Environmental Health Officer may inspect your premises at any time or at your request to ensure compliance.

 6 Once your works are nearing completion, you must contact us to arrange for a final inspection.

Once your final inspection has been completed you will be provided with registration form:

You must complete your registration form and email to with payment.

8 You can now open/operate your business.

Transferring or buying an existing premise

This section is not relevant to any personal care and body art businesses who perform low risk activities only (see description above). You must register as a new business by following Opening a New Business (see process above). 

If your business performs high risk activities, please follow this process to transfer your business:

 Steps  Process

Prescribed accommodation premises are exempt from this step and should proceed to Step 3.

High risk personal care and body art premises (refer to description above) should request a Condition of Premise Inspection report (pdf, 347KB) to make sure you aware of any outstanding orders or structural requirements placed on the business before settlement.

Allow 14 days form receipt of your documentation for your inspection to be undertaken and report sent.

Proceed to Step 3 if you do not wish to arrange an inspection.

2 An inspection will be conducted by an Environmental Health Officer and report sent to the applicant.

To transfer your business you must complete and return a Transfer of Registration application with the appropriate fee:

4 Your business can only be transferred once the application form is received, the premises is in a satisfactory condition and any outstanding payments/fees have been received.

Fees and charges

See the fees and charges

More information

If you would also like assistance with establishing your business or want to consider options as to how to be more sustainable in your business, contact the Economic Development or Environment units.

Council Environmental Health
9243 8888 9243 8810
Last updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:50 AM