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Hair dressing, beauty therapy and skin penetration such as tattooing and body piercing are personal appearance services (PAS). All PAS businesses need to meet Council's planning scheme requirements and comply with the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services Act 2003 (PDF 478KB), Queensland Development Code, part MP5.2 - Higher risk personal appearance services (PDF 55KB) and Infection Control Guidelines for PAS - QLD Health (PDF 282KB). A PAS business can be operated from a home, commercial premises or mobile premises, e.g. a caravan.
You need a licence to perform the following activities:
  • 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.

Find out how to apply for a higher risk PAS licence.

You do not need a licence if you perform the following activities:
  • non-higher risk PAS, including:
    • hairdressing
    • beauty therapy (including facial or body treatments, application of cosmetics, manicures or pedicures, application of, or mending artificial nails, hair removal by electrolysis or wax)
    • closed ear or nose piercing
  • acupuncture
  • massage therapy
  • tattoo removal using a laser - you don’t need a licence from Council but you do need a laser licence issued by Queensland Health
  • PAS provided within a health-care facility – you don’t need a licence from Council but need to comply with relevant medical legislation.
Non-higher risk PAS do not need a licence from Council, but still need to comply with the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance services) Act 2003 (PDF 478KB).

Find out more about how to comply and tools and resources to help you operate your business.