PAS - Info
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. Some of these services have a higher risk of spreading disease or causing infection as they may involve the release of blood or bodily fluid.
Businesses providing higher risk services require a licence from Council.
When you need a licence
You need a licence to provide any higher risk personal appearance service, including:
- body piercing, other than closed ear and nose 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 only provide the following non-higher risk services:
- 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
- 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).