Beauty Hairdressing and Tattoo Businesses

Business Registration

All skin penetration, beauty, hairdressing and barber, tattoo, and skin penetration businesses are required to be registered with Council. 

If you are purchasing a currently registered business, you will need to update the owner details of the current registration by completing a registration form.

If you have any questions about the registration process, contact Council’s Environmental Health Officers on 1300 864 444 or email

Development Applications

Development consent may be necessary when starting or growing a business. It is important you contact Council to discuss requirements before signing leases, undertaking construction works, or starting a new business. 

Contact our Duty Planning Officers for advice by emailing

For more information on exempt and complying development for hairdressers and salons visit NSW Planning Portal

What is skin penetration?

Skin penetration is any procedure (whether medical or not) that penetrates the skin and is carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals. This includes but is not limited to hair removal (by wax or electrolysis), acupuncture, tattooing, ear and body piercing, colonic lavage, cuticle cutting, waxing, electrolysis, semi-permanent make-up and any beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration or removal of the skin. 

Infection control procedures must be implemented to protect the health of the client and the operator. 

Skin penetration activities are regulated under the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2022. The legislation:

•    specifies procedures to prevent the spread of disease
•    requires operators to be registered with the local council
•    gives powers to authorised officers to carry out inspections and take action to gain compliance.

Hairdressers and Barbers 

Hairdressing and barber activities are not considered to be skin penetration procedures. However, they still carry a risk of skin penetration, so knowledge about infection control and minimum hygiene standards is required to keep both clients and hairdressers safe from infection.

The standards for hairdresser and barber shops are provided under the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2021.

Council’s Role

Council Environmental Health Officers conduct routine inspections of beauty, hairdressing and skin penetration premises at any reasonable time to ensure they are being operated and maintained appropriately in compliance with health and safety regulations.

Complaints received regarding skin penetration premises will be investigated by Council’s environmental health officers.


Useful links to industry requirements and helpful advice about skin penetration and hairdressing: 

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Ballina Shire Council
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