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You need a licence to operate a higher risk personal appearance service (PAS) from a home, commercial premises or mobile premises. 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 seven days before you want to operate in their area and provide:
  • your PAS licence
  • your employees' infection control qualifications.

Council’s planning scheme guides how land can be used and developed. When starting your business, you will need to contact Council to find out if you need to submit a development application or if you can perform a self-assessment.

Home based PAS businesses can have impacts on your neighbours; that is why the planning scheme has different rules for this type of business.

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


  • Tattoo operator licence - to avoid additional delay and potential cost, apply to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) prior to applying for the PAS licence from council.
  • Advertising signs - If you are planning to display an advertising sign for your business, you might need an approval from Council.
  • 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.
  • Business name - If you are registering a new business name you will need to contact the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Laser licence - if you are removing a tattoo using a laser you will need a laser licence issued by Queensland Health.
  • 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.
PAS licence 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.

Council may need to assess your design for a new premises or any planned changes to an existing premises before you start operating your business, or making the changes. To do this, you will need to provide:
  • 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.

You can download example plans:

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, before starting your business.

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

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

  1. Before submitting your application, check if you need to submit a planning application, to avoid delays.
  2. Prepare the supporting documents for your application:
    1. plans of your business
    2. copies of your employees' infection control qualifications.
  3. Complete the application and submit it to Council with the application fee and supporting documentation.
  4. Council will assess 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 before you start operating.
  1. It is a good idea to contact Council about the business you want to take over before the sale is finalised. Some Councils can provide a written inspection report that provides advice about the current condition of the business, including:
    • compliance of the premises design
    • maintenance issues
    • cleanliness
    • licensing.
    You will need written permission from the current owner for Council to conduct an inspection and give you a copy of the report.
  2. Prepare copies of your employees’ infection control qualifications.
  3. Complete the application and submit it to Council with the application fee and supporting documentation.
  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 before you start operating.
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. For other changes, for example, changing the fit-out, you will need to submit an application.
  1. Contact Council to check if you need planning approval before you submit your application.
  2. Prepare the supporting documents for your application:
    • plans of your business and proposed changes
    • copies of your employees’ infection control qualifications.
  3. Complete the application and submit to Council with the application fee and supporting documentation.
  4. Council will review your application and may contact you if further information is needed. Your application will be processed within 40 days.
  5. If your application is approved, you can start construction or alterations, as per your approved application.
  6. When you have finished the changes to the fit-out of your business, you need to arrange an inspection with Council and receive approval before you start operating.