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Are you a beauty therapist, hairdresser or tattooist?

Beauty and tattooing services are increasingly popular in the Tweed, so it’s a great place to start a business, or takeover an existing one.

Council’s Environmental Health Officers work with over 200 beauty and tattoo businesses to educate and maintain standards set by the Public Health Regulation 2012 (external link) , Local Government Act 1993 No 30 (external link) and Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (external link).

If you’re starting a new beauty or tattooing business, or taking over an existing one, the following information is important.


Register your business

This information is for new businesses and new operators of an existing business that involves skin penetration, including:

  • hair removal (wax or electrolysis)
  • tattooing
  • ear and body piercing
  • colonic lavage
  • cuticle cutting
  • microdermabrasion

Depending on the previous use of the business you may require an approval to fit out your shop:

  1. Speak to Council’s Duty Planner on 02 6670 2400 to find out if any planning approvals are required.
  2. Speak to the Duty Officer in Building Services on 02 6670 2400 to see whether a complying development certificate is required.
  3. Submit a Skin Penetration Premises Registration Form (86kB PDF) to notify Council of your business before you operate.

Annual registration fees

See fees and charges

Public health regulations

If you are starting a new business or renovating an existing one to include skin penetration activities, you must ensure it complies with the Public Health Regulation 2012 (external link). Refer to the following guides for more information:

Body art tattooing businesses and tattooists who operate in NSW must be licensed with NSW Fair Trading (external link).

Annual registration fees (includes one inspection)

See fees and charges (external link)

Hairdressers and barbers

Hairdressers and barbers that only cut hair are exempt from annual inspections and fees associated with skin penetration registration.

Hairdressers or barbers that provide piercing or tattooing services need to submit a Skin Penetration Premises Registration Form (94kB PDF)

Acupuncture and other medical treatments

You do not need to register with Council if your business is already registered with AHPRA (Medical Board Australia).

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