Beauty, Hair and Skin penetration businesses

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All beauty, hair and skin penetration businesses operating in Victoria must register with their local Council and comply with the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008 and its associated Regulations.

Beauty, hair and skin penetration businesses include:

  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty therapists/treatments (including electrolysis, waxing, nails etc.)
  • Colonic irrigation
  • Skin penetration (including ear piercing, body piercing, dry needling etc.)
  • Tattooists

Starting a new beauty, hair and skin penetration business

If you are starting a new beauty, hair and skin penetration business in Bendigo you need to register this business with council.  All beauty, hair and skin penetration businesses must be registered.

To register you need to submit: 

  • An application for registration of a beauty, hair or skin penetration business

  • The appropriate fee (contact our office for current fees)

  • Plans (two copies) drawn to scale of not less than 1 to 100 showing:

    • Layout of all equipment, fittings and fixtures

    • Types of surfaces/materials for walls, floors, ceilings, equipment and fittings

    • Lighting

    • Location of the water supply, waste disposal, lighting, ventilation, sinks and hand washing basins, storage areas and toilets etc.

We will assess your plans to ensure they meet the requirements and advise you of any outstanding items. This takes a minimum of 14 days.

Fitting out your business

If your plans have been endorsed and you have details of any additional requirements to complete, you may begin work on the premises. If you have any questions during construction please contact your Environmental Health Officer.

When construction is completed you will need to contact us to arrange a final inspection. Please allow a minimum of 7 days’ notice. You must receive a Certificate of Registration before you commence trading.

On-Going registration of a Low Risk Health Premises

Eligible businesses are able to apply for "on-going" registration.  Eligible businesses are considered to provide hairdressing services and/or low risk beauty therapy services.  The definition of low risk beauty therapy is the application of cosmetics that does not involve skin penetration or tattooing.  Low risk beauty therapy includes application of the following:

  • Temporary makeup
  • Henna tattoos
  • Spray tans
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting.

Proprietors of businesses that offer one or more of the services described above are eligible to apply for an on-going registration.

The definition of hairdressing services include:

  • Cutting hair with scissors or razors; and
  • Colouring and styling of hair.

If a proprietor of a hairdressing and/or low risk beauty therapy business premises also offers other services at the same premises such as:

  • Tattooing;
  • Piercing or other skin penetration services;
  • Colonic irrigation; or
  • Beauty therapy services such as permanent or semi-permanent make-up application (cosmetic tattooing), facial or body treatments, manicures or pedicures, application or mending of artificial nails or epilation by electrolysis or wax

then the existing periodic registration requirements will continue to apply for these premises.

To register you need to submit: 

Renewing your business registration

All Public Health registrations expire on 31 December of each year.

You will receive a renewal paperwork in October/November of each year. If you do not receive your renewal  paperwork by mid November please contact 03 5434 6333 or [email protected]

Please remember to pay your renewal prior to the expiry date to ensure your business continues to be registered and to avoid additional fees.

Transferring ownership of a beauty, hair and skin penetration business

If you are selling your business you must transfer your registration into the new owner’s name. A transfer application must be submitted and an inspection will be conducted by an Environmental Health Officer.  A Certificate of Transfer will be issued once we have received proof of settlement. A certificate of transfer must be issued before the new proprietors can commence trading.

To transfer ownership:

Applications take a minimum of 15 business days to process.

New proprietors who commence trading without transferring the premises' registration are committing an offence under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. This may lead to enforcement action being taken.

Contact us

For more information about environmental health please contact our office on 03 5434 6333 or [email protected]


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Looking for more business support?

Contact our Business Help Desk for a one on one meeting on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

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