All hairdressing, beauty therapy, aquatic or skin penetration (body or ear piercing, tattooing or electrolysis) businesses must be registered under the Public Health & Well Being Act 2008.
It is an offence to operate hairdressing, beauty therapy, aquatic or skin penetration premises without holding current registration with Council.
New businesses must be inspected by the Council's Public Health Unit prior to operation or prior to a transfer of ownership. Regular inspections of these businesses are also carried out to ensure appropriate standards are maintained. A complete list of the standards can be found on the Department of Health's website.
Registration covers a 12 month period from 1 January through to 31 December of each year or the date the business commences operation. In October of each year a renewal of registration form is sent out to all businesses, along with a request for payment of the annual registration fee. This form must be completed and returned to Council with the payment.
From 1 March 2016, eligible businesses – those that solely provide hairdressing and/or temporary make-up services at their premises – will be able to apply for "one-off" or "on-going" registration. Some businesses will be required to apply for a new business registration. They include:
If this occurs on or after 1 March 2016 these proprietors will make an application, accompanied by a one-off application fee, with their council for the new on-going business premises registration.
Council's Public Health Unit handles applications for registration of a new business and renewal of registrations.
Please note: Due to the high risk of spread of infection where skin penetration procedures are carried out, mobile tattooing businesses are not permitted.