Skin penetrating procedures carry risks of transmitting disease and infections. If your business provides treatments involving a skin penetration procedure, you need to know and be diligent about your public health responsibilities. Businesses of this type must be registered with council and monitored for compliance with health and safety regulations.

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Registering you business
Compliance monitoring
Setting up a new business

The Public Health Act defines "skin penetration" as acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, ear and body piercing, hair removal (except laser hair removal) and any other procedure (whether medical or not) that involves a skin penetration procedure including colonic lavage.

Registering your business

All business operators need to register their business details with Council prior to carrying out any skin penetration procedures. A notification form is below. A registration fee applies.

Compliance monitoring

Because of the potential health risks involved, Environmental Health Officers routinely inspect hairdressing salons, beauty salons and premises that carry out skin penetration procedures to check that businesses are compliant with the relevant public health standards.

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A number of guides are available including requirements for the beauty industry as well as the tattoo and body art industry. These can be found on the NSW Health website.

It is imperative that all skin penetration operators and premises comply with the public health standards.

Setting up a new business

Any new skin penetration premises must have development approval. It’s recommended you find our more from our Customer Service Advisors before undertaking the fitout of a building or starting a business.