Skin Penetration and Beauty Businesses

Premises where hairdressing, skin penetration and beauty procedures are carried out are regularly inspected by council's Environmental Health Officers to ensure they are compliant with hygienic requirements.

If you are establishing a business or taking on an existing business that conducts activities that penetrate the skin or intend to introduce this procedure, approval is required from Council. Operating your skin penetration business without development consent is an offence.

Skin penetration procedures include the following:

  • Waxing
  • Electrolysis
  • Needling
  • Tattooing (including cosmetic tattooing)
  • Ear and body piercing
  • Acupuncture
  • Colonic lavage
  • Cuticle cutting such as pedicures and manicures
  • Microdermabrasion

Barbers and Hairdressers

Barbers and hairdressers are not considered skin penetration procedure unless the above-mentioned procedures are conducted. However development consent may also be required.

Registration with Council

All skin penetration businesses and hairdressers (including mobile operators) are required to be registered with Council. Council's registration form can be found here:

Guidelines and Resources

The NSW Public Health website has many factsheets on skin penetration, beauty and hairdressing procedures as well as the fit out requirements These can be found here:

Hairdresser and Barber Guideline Document

Nail salons


SafeWork NSW also has factsheets relating to Workplace Health and Safety which relate to the beauty industry. These can be found here at the SafeWork NSW website - nail salons.

Steps to Cleaning and Sterilising Instruments - NSW Health Factsheet:

Requirements for the Beauty Industry - NSW Health Factsheet

Requirements for the Tattoo and Body Art Industry - NSW Health Factsheet:

The Hair and Beauty Industry Association also has many resources and support options for business: https://www.hbia.com.au/

Further information

If you have any further questions, you're welcome to contact Council on 4560 4444 and speak to an Environmental Health Officer.

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