Tattooist Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to perform body art tattooing procedures.

Body art tattooing is defined as any tattooing for decorative purposes.


Service type


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


You do not need a tattooist licence to perform a cosmetic tattooing procedure, which is a tattooing procedure:

  • that provides an individual a permanent eyeliner, eyebrows or any other permanent make-up, or
  • performed by a medical practitioner or for a medical reason.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be an individual and at least 18 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident (includes New Zealand citizens)
  • not be a controlled member of a declared organisation
  • not be a member of a prescribed criminal organisation or have been a member in the previous 12 months.


1, 3 or 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Grant of licence:

  • 1 year - $744.00
  • 3 year - $905.00
  • 5 year - $1063.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Restoration of licence:

  • 1 year - $720.00
  • 3 year - $881.00
  • 5 year - $1039.00.

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $55.00

Replacement of licence. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All -

Renewal of licence:

  • 1 year - $696.00
  • 3 year - $857.00
  • 5 year - $1015.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Tattoo Parlours Act 2012 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Tattoo Industry Regulation 2023 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Communities and Justice

NSW Police Force

Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate

Contact details

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