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Beauty, health and wellbeing businesses

Council is responsible for maintaining public health and preventing disease, as required by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019.

We do this by registering local health and wellbeing businesses and making sure they manage the risk of infection.

Request an Inspection

If you are starting a new business or transferring ownership of an existing business you need to organise an inspection of your premises. We inspect for appropriate hygiene procedures in businesses that offer:

  • beauty therapy procedures
  • body art-tattooing and skin piercing
  • hairdressing.

To request an inspection of your business:

Apply to Register your Business

If you are starting a new business, you need to register it with Council. You are also required to renew your registration every year.

To apply you can either fill in the required section of the Small Business Combined Permit Application Form or download and complete the application below.

Submit either of these, with the required supporting documentation, and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone. Alternatively, you can submit the form below along with the supporting documents, and pay in person at any of our Customer and Library Service Centres and an officer will email you an invoice.

You are required to renew your registration every year.

Transferring Ownership of a Business

If you are purchasing a health or wellbeing business you will need to transfer the registration into your name.

To transfer a registration:

Infection Control Guidelines

To help businesses comply with infection control, we recommend you read the Department of Health Victoria: Infection control guidelines

The guidelines include:

  • infection control
  • legislative requirements
  • occupational health and safety issues
  • how to clean, disinfect and sterilise instruments and equipment
  • industry-specific information.

There is also general information on risk analysis and management, to assist proprietors and operators to develop policies and procedures to improve infection control and prevention practices.

Tattooing and Body Piercing Businesses

Businesses offering skin penetration procedures (including tattooing and body piercing) must provide clients with information about the risks of infectious diseases before undertaking a procedure.

You can use the Department of Health: Body art and tattoo businesses - infection prevention and control information sheets

Checking Water Quality – Swimming Pools and Spas

We collect and analyse water from public pools to ensure it meets the standards, as required by the Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Other Health and Wellbeing Businesses

Premises offering massage, saunas, flotation tanks, gymnasium equipment and alternative therapies are exempted from registering with local council. They are encouraged to comply with personal care and body art guidelines for infection prevention and control specific to their industry.

Fees for Services

This page was last updated on 18 November 2020.