Tattooist Licence - New South Wales


If you intend to perform any body art tattooing procedure for fee or reward you will require this licence. This licence is required to perform any tattooing procedure even if you are conducting this work in a licensed premise.

The only exception from the requirement to hold a Tattooist Licence is if you hold a Body Art Tattoo Business - Operator Licence under the Tattoo Parlours Act 2012 and perform body art tattooing as a self-employed individual at the premises nominated on the licence.

Body art tattooing is defined as any tattooing for decorative purposes. If you will be only conducting cosmetic tattooing you are exempt from this licence.

Please note that only medical practitioners may perform eyeball tattooing, this licence will not authorise you to do so.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence individuals 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 have any close associates (i.e. individuals with an interest in the business, or employees) who are not fit and proper people
  • 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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $759.00
General Duplicate Certificate All $46.00
Renew Renewal All $719.00

Act(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Act 2012 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Regulation 2013 NSW

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

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

Licensing Officer, Business Licensing

NSW Fair Trading

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Mailing address: Locked Bag 5138
New South Wales 2124
Phone: 02 9619 8700
Phone: 13 32 20