Skin Penetration Premises

Registering your Business

If your business performs any of the procedures listed below in the Frequently Asked Questions, you must register your business with Council.

To register your business please download the registration form below, and send it to us.

Skin Penetration Premises Registration form (96KB)

It is an offence under the Public Health legislation to not notify/register with Council your skin penetration premises.

Information for Skin Penetration business (207KB)



Council keeps a register of all premises that operate skin penetration procedures.

Environmental Health Officers may carry out inspections of these premises at any reasonable time to ensure they are being operated and maintained appropriately in compliance with the Public Health Act and Regulation.

Complaints received regarding skin penetration premises will be investigated by Council’s environmental health officers.

Information and the Public Health legislation and resources such as fact sheets, posters and audit forms are available on the NSW Health website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which procedures does the legislation apply to?

For the purpose of the legislation, skin penetration procedures include any of the following procedures:

  • Acupuncture.
  • Tattooing.
  • Ear, body, nose piercing.
  • Hair removal.
  • Colonic lavage.
  • Blood cholesterol and glucose measurement.
  • Any other procedure (whether medical or not) that involves skin penetration such as hair removal using wax or electrolysis, cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent makeup, and any beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration or removal of the skin.
  • Any other procedure prescribed by the regulations.
  • All skin premises listed above must be registered with Council.

Skin penetration procedures not covered by this legislation include procedures carried out in the practice of a registered health practitioner such as a dentist, chiropractor, osteopath, dental technician, nurse, optical dispenser, optometrist, pharmacy, physiotherapist, podiatrist, or psychologist.

Similarly it does not include a procedure carried out by a person acting under the direction or supervision of such a professional where the procedure is carried out as part of that professional practice. These professionals are governed by other legislation and infection control guidelines.

The procedures carried out by barbers and hairdressers, where skin penetration is not intended and is not a deliberate part of the process are not considered to be skin penetration procedures and are not covered by the legislation.

The Local Government Act 1993 provides standards for hairdressers and beauty salons who do not perform skin penetration practices.


What are the powers of entry for Environmental Health Officers?

 The Public Health Act 2010 gives power to Environmental Health Officers (EHO's) to enter and inspect premises believed to be used to carry out skin penetration procedures and to take certain action in relation to those premises. These powers include:

  • Inspect the premises.
  • Make inquiries.
  • Ask questions.
  • Examine, inspect and test equipment.
  • Take samples.
  • Take photographs and videos.
  • Require records to be produced.
  • To examine and copy the records.

Why does Council charge an annual inspection fee?

 In the case of Environmental Health inspections, fees were introduced in 1993 to contribute to the costs of inspection, administration, education and compliance services.

Council approved  fees are charged for Inspection of Food premises (high, medium and low risk), skin penetration premises cooling towers and boarding houses/hostels.

A re-inspection fee may also be charged if a non-compliant premises requires further inspections.

For more information on fees and charges please refer to our further details here.