Tattoo Operator Licence - Queensland

Service summary

If you operate or intend to operate a body art tattooing business in Queensland, including working from home, you need a tattoo operator licence.

This licence authorises you to run a body art tattooing business (whether on your own, or managing for another person) at the location specified on the licence.

An application for an operator licence must be made by an individual.  If the business is owned by a corporation, partnership, or trust, the licence application can only be made by an individual nominated by the organisation to be the business manager.

If you're self employed and run a body art tattooing business, even if it's not a formal tattoo parlour, you only need an operator's licence.  You do not need to apply for a separate tattooists licence.

In your application, you must nominate where you will operate the body art tattooing business.  If your business has a number of locations, a separate operator licence is required for each location where a body art tattooing business is conducted.

It is a requirement of the Act that all records relating to the operation of a tattoo parlour be kept on the licensed premises at all times.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Body Art Tattooing

A Tattooing procedure performed for decorative purposes.

Body art tattooing Business

A business which carries out body art tattooing procedures, whether or not the business also carries out other activities.

Eligibility requirements


Must Have

To apply:

  • be 18 years or older and an Australian Citizen or resident
  • not be a controlled person of a declared criminal organisation as defined in the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012
  • state whether the licence will be for a term of 1 or 3 years
  • complete Tattoo Parlours Form 1 - Application for an Operator Licence
  • submit 2 recent passport photos that have been certified by either a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Declarations, Notary Public, Barrister or Solicitor
  • provide certified copies of approved identification documents totalling 100 points
  • submit a Close Associates Form 1a for each close associate to either the business or yourself
  • lodge the application form and pay the associated fee
  • consent to having your finger and palm prints taken at a designated police station (when requested)

Details on supporting information required to accompany your application are in the notes section of the application form.  In addition, the licence application form has more detail about the specific requirements for an operators licence.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

If you have a tattoo operator licence, you need to notify us of the following:

  • if you change business managers
  • if you change address of the business (within 14 business days after the change)
  • when a staff member leaves or a new person starts work (within 20 business days after a change in staff employment).

To nominate a business manager, you must complete Tattoo Parlours Form 1 - Application for an Operator Licence.

To notify us of a change in staff at the tattoo parlour, you must complete Tattoo Parlours Form 3 - Change in certain particulars.

To advise us of a change in address details, you must complete Tattoo Parlours Form 3 - Change in certain particulars.

Duration

Applications will be assess by the Office of Fair Trading, upon completeness of applications, they will be forwarded to the Queensland Police Service (QPS), to determine whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to be granted a licence and whether it is not in the publics best interest for the licence to be granted..  Please note it may take some time to process the application.  Once the application has been approved the applicant will receive a letter and licence.

Fees

Licences are granted for a period of 1 or 3 years and payment can be made by cheque, money order, or credit card.

The licensing fees are:

TypeAmountDescription
Application$902.60

1 year licence fee

Application$1,810.00

3 year licence fee

Application

You must lodge your application with the Office of Fair Trading, we will check it and if there is an issue, we will contact you for clarification.  To assist processing, make sure you lodge your application form and close associates form(s) together. 

Your completed application (along with supporting documentation) will be given to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for a security determination and they will conduct their own investigation.  At this point in time, you will be required to have your finger and palm prints taken by a trained QPS officer.  You will be advised in writing on the process.

Note:  Licence applications under the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 can only be lodged by mail.


Additional information

For applications submitted before 1 July 2014

  • An existing operator or tattooist who applies for a licence before 1 July 2014 will not be considered to be unlicensed, and therefore not subject to compliance infringement, before a determination is made.
  • A new operator or tattooist will be similarly regarded if they apply for a licence before 1 July 2014.

For applications submitted after 30 June 2014

  • An existing operator who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore cease trading until a determination is made.
  • An existing tattooist who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore cease performing procedures for fee/reward until a determination is made.
  • A new operator who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore not trade until a determination is made.
  • A new tattooist who applies for a licence after 30 June 2014 will be considered to be unlicensed and must therefore not perform procedures for fee/reward until a determination is made.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit

Act(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Act 2013 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Regulation 2013 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Industry Licensing Unit


Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

13 QGOV (13 74 68)
IndustryLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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