Pharmacy Registration - New South Wales


You will need this registration if you intend to operate or be involved in the operation of a pharmacy business in NSW. Only a registered pharmacist, a partnership of registered pharmacists or a pharmacists' body corporate can be involved in the operation of a pharmacy business in NSW.

A pharmacy business involves the preparation, packaging and / or storage of drugs by or under the supervision of a pharmacist for supply to individual patients or to health care facilities, and the sale of goods.

This registration is not required if these types of activities are conducted in a public hospital controlled by a public health organisation.

To register your pharmacy business, you must supply details of the premises where the business will be located. You must also supply the names of anyone who will have a financial interest in the business. An individual is considered to have a financial interest in a pharmacy business if they are either:

  • an owner of a pharmacy business
  • a partner in a pharmacy business
  • a director and / or shareholder in a pharmacists' body corporate
  • a trustee or beneficiary of a pharmacy business.

You must lodge your application for registration at least 14 days before the intended opening date of your pharmacy business.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To register a pharmacy business, you must:

  • be a pharmacist, a partnership of registered pharmacists or a pharmacists' body corporate
  • have your pharmacy business name registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • ensure the pharmacy is fully equipped and built to the required specifications set out in the regulations.


Up to one year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Schedule of Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Health Practitioner Regulation (Adoption of National Law) Act 2009 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Health Practitioner Regulation (New South Wales) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Lodgement process


All annual renewal fees for a pharmacy business are to be paid before close of business on 30 June.

Approval time

Your application will be assessed at the next Council meeting.

Additional information

You must provide a detailed floor plan of the proposed pharmacy with your application for registration.

If you intend to gain a financial interest in a pharmacy, you must give written notice to the Pharmacy Council of NSW at least 14 days beforehand. You cannot hold a financial interest in more than five pharmacy businesses at one time in NSW.

The Council has the right to request any document in support of an application for registration of a pharmacy business. The Council may charge a fee for an inspection of the register of pharmacies if necessary.

If you intend to establish a professional services room in your pharmacy, you must complete and submit a Professional Services Room Application form.

Disqualified persons or entities

You may not be eligible to register a pharmacy business if either:

  • you are not a pharmacist, part of a partnership of registered pharmacists or a pharmacists' body corporate
  • your proposed pharmacy is within, partly within or is connected to a supermarket
  • you currently have a financial interest in 5 other pharmacy businesses.

Administering agency

Pharmacy Council of NSW

Contact details

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