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Hairdressers, Beauty, Skin Penetration, Tattooing, Colonic Irrigation

These types of businesses are referred to as 'Personal Care or Body Art Businesses'.  Before setting up this type of business or making alterations to an existing business or premises, please refer to Banyule Council's requirements, outlined in the document under Related information.

This information has been developed to help assist you in ensuring your premises meets the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. You will also find other helpful guidelines on the Department of Health and Human Services  website.

Setting up a new personal care and body art business

  1. Obtain approval/permits from other relevant authorities, for example Banyule's Planning and Building departments - call 9490 4222.
  2. Either lodge two copies of proposed floor plans* (to scale 1:100) to Council’s Health Services for endorsement, including specifications or request an inspection of an unregistered premises (if using an existing building).A written report/endorsement will be provided in the event plans are submitted.The application form is available under Related information. Contact our Health Service unit before submitting this form by calling 9457 9965.
  3. Contact Health Services to arrange a progress inspection and/or a final inspection - call 9457 9965.
  4. Obtain and submit your ‘Application for Registration of Personal Care and /or Body Art Premises’ with the relevant fee. This will be provided at final inspection.
  5. Commence operation of business once registration certificate is issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

* Please note, it is not a requirement to submit plans (step 2), however it is recommended to ensure the business meets the legislation and to avoid costly mistakes.  All works undertaken must comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Buying an existing personal care or body art premises

  1. Optional - organise with our Health Services Unit to conduct an inspection of the premises before negotiating the purchase by submitting a Request for Pre-Purchase Inspection and Report Form, with the appropriate fee.
  2. Contact Health Services to obtain an application form for Transfer of Registration of Personal Care and/or Body Art Premises. 
  3. At settlement, complete the ‘Application for Transfer of Registration of Personal and/or Body Art Premises’, and submit the form to Health Services with the appropriate fee.

Once settlement of a business occurs, any outstanding requirements become the responsibility of the new proprietor.

Changes to registration requirements for Hairdressers & Low Risk Beauty Therapy

Businesses providing hairdressing services and low risk beauty therapy (limited to temporary make-up, henna tattoos, spray tans and eyelash and eyebrow tinting) are now eligible to apply for a one-off, ongoing registration.  This applies to existing and new businesses.  This means that when the proprietor of a business applies for registration/renewal of registration, this registration continues in force until the business closes or there is a change of business ownership.  The advantage of ongoing registration is that you will only incur one registration fee and there will be no ongoing renewal fees.  Alternatively, you may request to continue to register annually.  Please contact Health Services if you would prefer to register annually or if you have any questions about the new registration process.

If you wish to alter your business practises to fit this new type of on-going registration, eg. currently registered for hairdressing and beauty (such as waxing, facials, pedicures, manicures etc), and you no longer want to provide these beauty services, contact Health Services to discuss the requirements to change over to the ongoing registration process.

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