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If your business undertakes personal appearance services to comply with public health laws.

We’re responsible for making sure that Albury businesses providing personal appearance services are registered and operate in a hygienic manner. Our responsibility excludes businesses with practitioners registered under the Health Practitioners National Law such as doctors, dentists, physio therapists etc.

What are personal appearance services?

Personal appearance services include beauty therapies such as hairdressing and make up. Some services include procedures which require the breaking of the skin such as waxing, tattooing, ear (or any other part of the body) piercing, cuticle cutting, scarring etc. These are referred to in the legislation as skin penetration procedures.


We have an inspection and monitoring program for businesses that provide higher risk personal appearance services which result in the skin being penetrated. These services include:

  • Body piercing (any piercing of the body)
  • Waxing
  • Tattooing and tattoo removal
  • Nail salons with cuticle cutting

We may also inspect lower risk services such as hairdressing businesses (with no skin penetration services such as waxing) against standards in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

Registering a hair, beauty and skin penetration business*

*only hair and beauty businesses that carry out skin penetration procedures are required by law to register

Simply follow these three steps:

  • Ensure your business can operate legally in the proposed location and at the proposed times

    Complete the development application process or contact a member of our building and planning team to find out more.

  • Complete our Hair, Beauty and Skin Penetration Registration

    Registration is legally required under the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 where skin penetration procedures are involved.

    Register your hair, beauty and skin penetration business now

  • Arrange an inspection

    We work with businesses to improve hygiene standards through inspections. We also advise and approve new businesses, check for contamination, follow up on complaints and make sure businesses comply with the health laws and standards. You will be provided with a health inspection report which is your proof of registration.