Beauty Businesses


A beauty or wellbeing business must have a licence to operate within the Shire. The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that businesses trading in the following areas be registered with Council:

  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty therapy – including facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing
  • Skin penetration procedures – including tattooing, body piercing, ear piercing and electrolysis

Operating any of the above businesses without obtaining registration from Council is an offence.

Council public health officers must inspect a new business before transfer of ownership or trading can start. Officers also carry out regular business inspections to ensure appropriates standards are maintained. Visit the Victorian Department of Health website for a list of these standards.

Changes to registration for hairdressing and make-up businesses

The registration process for hairdressers and make-up artists has been simplified. Now, any business trading solely with hairdressing or make-up services at their premises, can apply for an ongoing registration. However, for any hairdressing or make-up business offering additional services, such as body piercing, facials, waxing or tattooing, the existing annual registration applies.

Apply to start a beauty business

If you’re looking to start a health and beauty business within the Colac Otway Shire you can submit an application form  PCBA-Application-Form-2019.docx(DOCX, 41KB)

Alternatively, please contact the Council’s Health Protection team on (03) 5235 9400 for further information.