Do I need a licence?

Hairdressers, nail salons and beauty therapists, as well as tattooing, body piercing and other skin penetration activities can spread diseases and cause infections. These activities need to comply with the Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 and the Infection Control Guidelines for Personal Appearance Services. Some businesses require a licence. Find out if your business requires a licence.

When you need a licence

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.

When you don't need a licence

You do not need a licence if you perform the following activities:

  • non-higher risk personal appearance services, 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
  • personal appearance services provided within a health-care facility – you don’t need a licence from Council but need to comply with relevant medical legislation.