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Registered Premises - Hair, Beauty and Body Art

Health businesses (which include hairdressers, beauty rooms and salons, tattooing and piercing, colonic irrigation, and any others involving penetration of the skin) must be registered with Council and comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and Regulations.


Hairdressing premises are required to apply for an "on-going" registration with Council. Application forms to register a new hairdressing business or to transfer an existing business can be found at the below.

A link for the guidelines and procedures that hairdressers should follow can be found at the bottom of this page.

Hairdressing is classed as a low risk, as long as the hairdresser is only the services include:

1. cutting hair with scissors or razors; and
2. colouring and styling hair.

On-going Registrations - When to contact Council .

Proprietors of hairdressing with an ongoing registration are required to notify Council of changes to the registration when:

1. proprietors of new businesses;
2. proprietors whose business premises moves location; or
3. proprietors that transfer their business to a third party.

These proprietors will make an application, accompanied by an on-going application fee, with council for the new on-going business premises registration. Councils will then issue these businesses with a new on-going certificate of registration. In the case of businesses that transfer to a third party, the on-going certificate of registration will be issued to the new business owner.

Ongoing Registration Information

Head Lice

Head lice can affect infants, adolescents and adults. Head lice can be present on the scalp and in hair for weeks or even months before they are detected. Not all head lice cause an itch.

If a school aged child does have head lice, they should be excluded from school and readmitted following appropriate treatment. As a parent you are responsible for checking your child’s hair regularly for head lice, and if lice are found, they must be treated effectively.

If you find head lice in your family, please tell anyone who may have come into contact with that family member, such as their friends and notifying the school. This gives people outside of your home the opportunity to stop the spread of head lice in their homes.

Please read the Department of Human Services fact sheets for more information on how to appropriately and effectively treat head lice.

Beauty Therapists and Body Art

Beauty Therapists, Body Art (e.g. tattoos, body piercing, etc) and Colonic Irrigation establishments within the Glenelg Shire are all required to be registered with the Council. These industries must comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Beauty Therapists who solely provide low risk beauty therapy services at their premises are able to apply for "on-going" registration. Low risk beauty therapy includes the application of the following:

1. temporary make up;
2. henna tattoos;
3. spray tans; and
4. eyelash and eyebrow tinting

The Registered Premises Information Pack has been developed to assist you with the application process, in particular the structural and registration requirements associated with establishing a Health Premises business in the Glenelg Shire.

To register the premises with the Council, please fill in an Application to Register or Renew Health premises Form found at the bottom of this page and submit it to the Council along with the following.
•The Registration fee.
•Detailed plans of the interior layout of the proposed premises in accordance to the Health guidelines.
•The cleansing and sanitising schedules and procedures that your premises plans to undertake.

Body Art & Skin Penetration

Body Art includes tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, body piercing, branding, scarification, braiding, three-dimensional art such as beading or devil’s horns and any other process that decorates or adorns the body by means of implantation or the permanent marking of skin by means of injection, incision or heat.

These procedures involve a high risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses and bacterial infections that can be transmitted by unclean and non-sterile equipment and unhygienic procedures and premises. Every client and worker is at risk if proper infection procedures are not performed. Client’s skin should be clean and free of infection and all instruments used in skin penetration practices must be sterile at the time of use.

Body art establishments are required to be registered with the Council. For the guidelines and procedures that your body art establishment should follow, please read the Health guidelines for personal care and body art industries found at the bottom of this page. The guidelines also cover
Body Piercing
Oral Piercing

Application to Register, Renew or Transfer a Beauty, Hairdresser or Body Art premises

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