Health and beauty businesses

If you operate a personal care and body art business in Victoria, you must be registered under and comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Personal care and body art businesses include:

  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy treatments including: makeup, waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, microdermabrasion and facials
  • colonic irrigation
  • tattooing and cosmetic tattooing
  • body and ear piercing
  • makeup
  • skin penetration procedures including: dry needling, micro-blading, laser and electrolysis
  • wet cupping

Note: all commercial tanning units are banned in Victoria.

As part of changes to regulations, registered premises must display notices about the scope of registration. Additionally, businesses conducting tattooing or skin penetration procedures must provide department approved information sheets to clients. Find out more at the Health.vic website.


Health and beauty business guidelines and inspections

Guidelines for health and beauty businesses

Infection prevention and control is important so that you do not transmit a disease or infection to yourself or your clients.

The Department of Health and Human Services publish the Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries guidelines.

These guidelines help those involved in the healthy and beauty industries to comply with requirements in the:

  • Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act)
  • Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019

Find out more at the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Inspections of health and beauty businesses

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, our Environmental Health Officers can inspect any business that is involved with providing health and wellbeing services.

We conduct inspections without giving prior notice, at any time during business trading hours. Our inspections focus on a wide range of issues including:

  • cleanliness of premises and equipment
  • personal hygiene
  • sterilisation processes
  • record keeping


Health and beauty business registration, transfer and renewal

Exemptions from registering

If your business is operated by and within the scope of practice of a registered health practitioner under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, you may not need to register with the local council.

Registered health practitioners listed below do not need to register their business. All other registered health practitioners, for example physiotherapist or osteopath, must register their business if undertaking skin penetration procedures.

Exempt health professionals

  • Dentists
  • Medical practitioner
  • Nurses or midwives
  • Podiatrists
  • Acupuncturists registered with the Chinese Medicine Board or other registered health practitioner endorsed by their National Board to practice as an acupuncturist
  • Pharmacists for the purposes of administering vaccines (not for other skin penetration practices, for example, ear piercing) 

The registering body for exempt professionals is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  For further information please visit the AHPRA website.

Registering a new health and beauty business

Before applying 

If you are a new health and beauty business or an existing health and beauty business wanting to make changes, you must first complete the Business Permit Checklist to determine if any other permits are required.

When starting any new business, it is important to contact Council's Economic Development team to organise a new business meeting, which will include an officer from our Environmental Health, Planning, Building and Economic Development teams.

A new business meeting provides an opportunity to ask questions specific to your business, and will ensure you have a clear understanding of both the structural and health requirements to meet compliance. It is recommended that new business operators attend this meeting prior to signing a lease or purchasing/fitting out a property, to avoid making costly mistakes.

We recommend you speak to a member of the Economic Development team at Council before submitting your application. Call 9433 3111 or email

Submit your application 

When you are ready, complete your registration using the Application for registration of a health premise form.

Submitting your application includes:

  • Paying the relevant registration fee. Please see the schedule of fees and charges here.
  • Submitting a floorplan of the business, displaying all equipment and sink locations
  • Submitting a list of services to be provided

After your application is received, an Environmental Health Officer will review the submitted documents. The Officer will then contact you to arrange an appointment to meet onsite and conduct a Risk Assessment. A report will then be issued listing any non-conformances. Following the final inspection, a Certificate of Registration will be issued.

Buying and transferring an existing health and beauty business

If you are purchasing a health and beauty business that has an existing business registration, an application must be made to Council to transfer the registration to the new owner of the business.

Pre-purchase inspection 

We advise arranging a pre-purchase inspection before entering into a contract to purchase an existing food business. A pre-purchase inspection will inform you of any outstanding items or structural requirements placed on the business. A pre-purchase inspection may also help with negotiating the settlement with the existing proprietor. Contact the Environmental Health team (9433 3340 or to arrange a pre-purchase inspection.

Transfer of registration 

When settlement of a business purchase is complete, you can start the process of transferring a health and beauty business already registered with Nillumbik Shire by: 

  • Completing the Application to transfer registration of health premises form
  • Paying of relevant registration fee. Please contact Council for the relevant fee for your health and beauty premises
  • Submitting a floorplan of the business, displaying all equipment and sink locations
  • Submitting a proposed list of services to be provided

Renewing your health and beauty business registration

Operators of health and beauty businesses must renew their business registration each year. An exception applies to Hairdressers who are not required to renew as they have an ongoing registration.

When to renew 

We will send you a renewal application in October/November. If any of your contact or business details have changed you will need to update the information on the form and return it to us by email or post.

You must pay your renewal by the end of December. From 31 December, any health and beauty business that fails to pay for their renewal is considered unregistered.  

How to renew

You can pay your renewal fee online via our website. 

Alternatively you can also visit our Shire Office in Civic Drive, Greensborough to make a payment in person. 

If you need any help with your renewal payment please contact Environmental Health on 9433 3340.


Other health and beauty business information

Make a complaint about a health and beauty business

Should you wish to make a complaint about a health or beauty business in Nillumbik, please contact our Environmental Health team on 9433 3340 or at