Skin Penetration Salons

All skin penetration businesses (excluding registered acupuncturists) must be registered with us prior to commencing operation.  Businesses will be added to our inspection program.

Skin penetration salon registration

Who needs to register?

Any skin penetration business that carries out the following procedures:

  • Tattooing.
  • Body piercing (including ear piercing).
  • Beauty therapy (for example, cutting of cuticles and skin wicks, removal of dead skin and black head extraction).
  • Acupuncture (excluding those registered as a Health Practitioner).
  • Manicure (including acrylic and gel nails).
  • Pedicure.
  • Any other activity which includes skin penetration.


Premises are checked for compliance with public health legislation and associated codes and guidelines that deal with issues such as cleanliness, defective construction, sterilisation of equipment and personal hygiene of staff.

Premises where acupuncture is carried out by a registered health practitioner are not inspected and do not need to register.


An inspection fee of $128 (2017/18 - fee reviewed annually) is charged for each inspection and subsequent re-inspection.

Operating from home

Operating a skin penetration business from home is not permitted under current planning law. 

Setting up your business

The design of all new commercial beauty salons or premises undertaking skin penetration procedures must comply with the requirements of the Local Government (General) Regulation and the Public Health Regulation.


Council has authority to ensure effective infection control techniques and procedures are being practiced. 

General rules

All articles used for skin penetration procedures must be sterilised and maintained in a clean condition including any article that has previously been used for a skin penetration procedure (refer Clause 26 of the Public Health Regulation 2012).

It is preferred that pre sterilised 'single use only' utensils that are disposed of after each procedure are used by salons.  Re-eusable utensils are allowed provided they are cleaned using a low foaming detergent and sterilised after every skin penetration procedure.

Sterilisation procedures

Equipment is to be sterilised using either:

  • An autoclave (the recommended method), or
  • A dry heat steriliser, or
  • An alternate method of sterilisation approved by NSW Health.

Reusable items should be sterilised in autoclave or steripeel bags and stored in a dry container away from water until needed for use. 

Autoclaved items should be opened in front of a client to demonstrate they are clean and free from infection.

The use of ultraviolet devices or cleaning with disinfectant will not sterilise equipment.

Autoclave and dry heat requirements

Bench-top autoclaves must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 2182 and should be operated in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4815 -2006. (Australian Standards can be viewed at Sutherland Library or purchased from SAI Global.

Dry heat sterilisers must meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS 2487 - 2002.  


You are required to keep records for each piece of equipment that is sterilised in an autoclave or dry heat steriliser whether it is carried out on your premises or carried out by an off site contractor.

The following details must be recorded and kept at your place of business:

  • Time and date.
  • The length of time held at maximum pressure and temperature.
  • Maximum pressure and temperature achieved.
  • Faults with the cycle (if any).
  • Location of the premises where sterilisation was completed.
  • Number of items processed.
  • The operator who performed the sterilisation.
  • The steriliser must be validated yearly by a suitably qualified person.

An indicator strip or vial should be included in each sterilisation cycle to verify the appropriate sterilisation parameters have been met. At the end of the cycle, check that the indicator has changed colour and attach it to the cycle record. For those autoclaves that do not have a printer, a class 5 or 6 indicator strip should be used.

These records will be inspected by the council's environmental health officer on each routine inspection.


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More information


Enquiries can be directed to Health Inspection Officer on 9710 0333 or

Skin penetration salon registration

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