Register your health and beauty business

Why do you need to register your business?

In Victoria, you need to register the following with your local council:

  • any health or beauty business.

We check that your business aligns with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and any other health and wellbeing standards to ensure that you minimise this risk of your clients contracting certain infectious diseases.
 

What is a health or beauty business?

Any home based or commercial business that includes these services is considered a health or beauty business:

  • hairdressing and make-up, spray tanning
  • all beauty therapy services (i.e. waxing, manicure or pedicure, microdermabrasion)
  • colonic irrigation
  • skin penetration (i.e. ear-piercing, needling, micro-blading, feathering or electrolysis)
  • tattooing and cosmetic tattooing.

 

How much does it cost?

View full list of fees

 

How to register a new business

  1. Prepare a floor plan layout to be approved before opening.
     
  2. Download and complete the supporting documentation:
    Supporting documentation for registering a health and beauty business
    Supporting documentation for registering a health and beauty business
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  3. Select 'Apply now' below to start the pre-approval process:

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How to transfer an existing business

  1. Before you purchase a health or beauty business, you need to book a pre-sale inspection. 

    At the inspection, we check the premises meets the necessary standards and regulations so you can legally transfer business registration. 
     
    Request a business pre-sale inspection form
    Request a business pre-sale inspection form
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  2. Select 'Apply now' below to start the pre-approval process:

    Apply now

 

What happens next?

  • We will issue contact you and issue an invoice once we receive your application.
  • Once you have been registered, we will conduct an annual inspection to ensure your business meets the requirements under the Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. We will also offer ongoing advice and education. Low risk premises, such as hairdressers are exempt from annual inspections. 
  • If you change your business activity, contact us as this may affect your risk rating.

 

How to cancel your registration?

To cancel your registration, email your closure advice to manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au. Include in the email:

  • the proprietors name
  • the proprietors address and
  • if you can get a refund, the bank account details (BSB and account name).

 

Can you get a refund?

You can get a refund if your business is closing permanently. We do not issue refund for the transfer of a 'Registered Premises' to a new operator. 

The amount of the refund depends on when we receive your closure advice email.

  • before 1 April - we refund 50% of the paid registration fee
  • before 1 July - we refund 25% of the paid registration fee
  • after 1 July - no refund available.