Health and beauty premises

If you want to open a new health or beauty business, you must register with council and comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Examples of businesses that require registration:

  • hairdressers
  • beauty therapy (waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures, laser, IPL, spray tanning, eyelash extensions)
  • tattooing and piercing
  • colonic irrigation
  • any business involving penetration of the skin

Massage businesses are not required to be registered unless skin penetration is included in the activities.

New business

New businesses will be inspected by one of our environmental health officers prior to registration approval. 

Council offers a pre-registration service to review businesses' plans for their health premises and assess compliance. To take advantage of this service, please submit your application to register a health premises, along with the premises' plans and the applicable fee. 

Health businesses will require annual inspections to renew their registration. Low-risk hairdressing premises can apply for a one-off ongoing registration.

You will need to contact council's planning department prior to undertaking any work at your business.

Building fit outs may require a building permit. The simple installation of cabinets, floor or wall linings may need a permit. It is best to contact our building department for clarification and to complete a permit application, if necessary.

Application to register personal care/body art business >>

Alter existing premises

Please contact one of our environmental health officers if:

  • you wish to make alterations to your current premises
  • you have purchased a premises and wish to transfer an existing health premises registration

You will need to contact our planning department prior to any works occuring at your business. Building fit outs may require a building permit. This could include the simple installation of cabinets, floor or wall linings or combinations. It is best to contact us on 03 5358 8700 for clarification.

Business from home

Overview

If you are thinking of setting up a beauty and/or hairdressing salon at home, you will need to be registered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

To ensure your premises meets the necessary requirements, you should discuss your proposal with us. There are several different areas of council you will need to liaise with before you get started. We can provide you with accurate information and help you prepare your application for approval.

What you need to do

  • Get in touch with our planning department for information on home occupation guidelines. You can refer to point five on the FAQ page to determine if you can operate a business from home. You will need to contact the planning department prior to any works occurring at your proposed salon.
  • Any building fit outs you undertake may require a building permit. The simple installation of cabinets, floor or wall linings or changing the use of a room or area from its original purpose may be the cause for a permit. Make sure you contact our building department to determine the need for a building permit.
  • After discussing your proposal with our building and planning departments, you will need to contact the environmental health department on 03 5358 8700 and speak to an environmental health officer about registering your business. You will require a plan of your premises to submit with your application.

What we do

After discussing your home business proposal, an environmental health officer will assess your application and plans.  Once your fees are received, a final inspection will be arranged. If approved, your registration will be issued and you will then be able to open your new business and trade.

Registration of your business will be renewable annually, by 31 December, if you have a beauty business. It may be ongoing if you are a low risk hairdressing premises.