Body Art Tattoo Business - Operator Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence to operate a body art tattooing business (whether on your own behalf or on behalf of another person). You will need a separate licence for each location you operate a tattoo business in.

Only an individual can apply for this licence. If the application is in connection with a business that is owned, or operated by, or on behalf of a corporation, partnership or trust, the application must be made by an individual nominated by the corporation, partners or trustees, to be the manager at the business premises.

Please be aware that it is an offence to employ a person as a body art tattooist if they do not hold a current Tattooist Licence.

Service type


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


Individuals and businesses that perform cosmetic tattooing procedures only are exempt from these licensing requirements.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen or resident
  • be a fit and proper person (this will include a national police check)
  • not be a controlled member of a declared organisation under the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012.

Please be aware that as part of the application process, your fingerprints and palm prints will be recorded by NSW Police.

If the details you supply as part of your application change while your application is being considered, then you have seven business days to supply notice of the change, or you may be fined.


One, three or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Grant of licence:

  • 1 year - $2077
  • 3 year - $2523
  • 5 year - $2966
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All -

Restoration of licence:

  • 1 year - $2055
  • 3 year - $2501
  • 5 year - $2944
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Duplicate Certificate All $51.00 Replacement of licence. Fees for 2022-23
Renew Renewal All -

Renewal of licence:

  • 1 year - $2032
  • 3 year - $2478
  • 5 year - $2921
Fees for 2022-23

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Tattoo Parlours Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Act 2012 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.