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You need a licence to operate a higher risk personal service, including:
  • body piercing
  • implanting a natural or synthetic substance into a person’s skin, for example hair or beads
  • scarring or cutting a person’s skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark, pattern or design
  • tattooing (including cosmetic tattooing and semi-permanent make-up)
  • tattoo removal using micro needles.
If you are conducting a higher risk PAS from two separate locations within one local government area, you only need one licence.

A mobile premises licence can be used all over Queensland as long as you notify the Council of the area at least 7 days before you want to operate there and provide them with your licence and your employees infection control qualification.

An application for the mobile premises licence should be made to the Council where the vehicle is stored.

You might need planning approval for your business. Contact Council to find out if a planning approval is required before you submit your licence application to prevent any delays.

  • Building approval - if you plan to do some building works, you may need an approval from a building certifier. Find out about building inspections and approvals.
  • Plumbing and drainage approval - making changes or installing new plumbing and drainage may need Council approval. All work should be conducted by a licensed plumber. Contact Council to find out more.
  • Trade waste permit – trade waste is a liquid waste produced by a business. An approval may be required when trade waste is discharged to a sewer. Contact Council or your local water authority to find out more.
  • Advertising signs - If you are planning to display an advertising sign for your business, you might need an approval from Council.
  • Business name - If you are registering a new business name you will need to contact the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Queensland legislation now requires tattoo operators to also obtain a licence from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). To avoid additional delay and potential cost, we recommend that you apply for the OFT Tattoo Operator licence prior to applying for the Personal appearance service licence from council.
Application forms are available from Council. The application must be made by a company or person/s. You can’t list a business or shop name as the licence holder.

You will need to have your premises design or any planned changes to an existing premises assessed by Council before you start operating your business, or making the changes. To do this, you will need to provide the following plans with your licence application:
  • a plan showing all equipment, benches, storage cupboards (storage of staff personal items), sinks, non-hand touch hand basin, door/window openings, location of staff areas and chemical/cleaning equipment storage areas to a suitable scale (e.g. 1:100)
  • cross sectional drawings through separate areas of the storage and customer service areas. Details are to include finishes to walls, floors and ceilings, heights of fixtures from floors and benches, junctions of walls and floors and lighting provisions to a suitable scale (e.g. 1:50)
  • a site plan showing location of premises in regard to other premises including wastewater treatment devices, waste storage area and staff toilets to a suitable scale
  • details of location and types of sterilising equipment and laundry facilities for sanitising needles, towels, wraps and any other relevant items.
Example plans are available in tools and resources.

Certification of an autoclave can be provided by a qualified technician after the processes of calibration and validation are complete. For more information visit:
Whilst Council does not require you to have public liability insurance for this licence, you should research all options regarding business insurance.

Each person who performs a higher risk personal appearance service must hold a 'HLTINF005 - Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments' qualification. This course is available from a number of registered training organisations, for more information visit training.gov.au. You need to provide copies of your employees statement of attainment to Council, prior to starting your business.

Applications can be submitted with the relevant fee at a Council office or by mail.

  1. Prior to submitting your application, check if you need to submit a planning application, to prevent the application being delayed
  2. Prepare the supporting documents for your application:
    1. plans of your business
    2. copies of your employees infection control qualification
  3. Complete the application and submit it to Council with the application fee
  4. Council will review your application and may contact you if further information is needed. Your application will be processed within 40 days. If your application is approved, you can start construction or fit-out as per your approved application
  5. When you have finished the fit-out of your business, you need to arrange an inspection with Council and receive approval prior to starting operation.
  1. You can apply for a search to confirm if there is a current licence and apply for an inspection report to understand the current level of compliance for the business. You might need written permission from the current owner to conduct an inspection report
  2. Prepare copies of your employees’ infection control qualification
  3. Complete the application and submit it to Council with the application fee
  4. Council will review your application and may contact you if further information is needed. Your application will be processed within 40 days
  5. You may need to arrange an inspection with Council and receive approval prior to starting operation.
If you want to make a minor change to your licence, for example, a change of contact details, contact Council. You are not required to submit an application for this.
  1. For other changes, you may need planning approval. Contact Council before you submit the application
  2. Prepare the supporting documents for your application:
    • plans of your business and proposed changes
    • copies of your employees’ infection control qualification
  3. Council will review your application and may contact you if further information is needed. Your application will be processed within 40 days
  4. If your application is approved, you can start construction or alterations, as per your approved application
  5. When you have finished the fit-out of your business, you need to arrange an inspection with Council and receive approval prior to starting to operate.