COVID-19 advice for Beauty and Personal Care businesses

Guidance is available for a range of beauty and personal care facilities to assist in meeting minimum standards and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Infection Prevention and Control for Personal Care and Body Art Industries

The Department of Health and Human Services have released the new Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries guidelines. The guideline provides information about infection control and prevention for your business. 

You can access the guidelines by downloading Icon for application/pdf Infection Prevention and Control for Personal Care and Body Art Industries 2019 (1.02 MB)or visiting

A summary of key changes to the guidelines can be accessed by downloading Icon for application/pdf Summary of Key Changes to Guidelines 2019 (304.02 KB)

From September to December, our Environmental Health Officers will be conducting annual inspections. In preparation, please ensure your staff are aware of the infection control requirements.  Hairdressers are exempt from being inspected yearly.  However, if your hairdressing business has changed to include other activities, please contact us

Registering your Hairdressing, Personal Care and Body Art Business

You will be required to register your business with us if you conduct any of the following activities in the Manningham area: 

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

Please note that all commercial tanning units are banned in Victoria. 

Floor plan layout approval for new businesses

We highly recommend all new hairdressing and personal care, body art businesses to submit floor plan layouts for approval before opening. This is so your business can meet the requirements set out in the health standards and regulations. These guidelines can be accessed by visiting health.vic.

To submit your plans for approval

Listed below are floor plan approval fees. Invoices are generated after receiving your application and can be sent to you by email or post.

Beauty and Health Business fees and charges

Here is a list of our current fees and charges Icon for application/pdf Fees and charges health and beauty business (140.87 KB)

Transferring or buying a Personal Care and Body Art Business

If you are taking over or buying an existing business, we recommend you request for a Pre-Sale Inspection.

We will conduct an inspection to check that your business is structurally sound and compliant with the new guidelines.  To request for a Pre-sale Inspection, complete the Icon for application/pdf Health Beauty Business Pre-Sale Request Form (244.62 KB)

For more information concerning a new or transferring business please call our Environmental Health Unit on 9840 9333.

Closure / Refund Policy

Refunds for annual registration fees are available only where a Health business closes permanently. Refunds do not apply to the transfer of a 'Registered Premises' to a new operator.  On receiving written advice before 1 April that a Health premises has closed, 50% of the registration paid will be refunded to the proprietor. On receiving written advice before 1 July that a Health premises has closed, 25% of the registration paid will be refunded to the proprietor. No refund is available after 1 July. Advice can be emailed to and must include the proprietors name, address and bank account details including BSB and A/C.

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