Registration of a Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Body Art Business - Northern Territory


You will need this registration if you intend to operate a hairdressing, beauty therapy or body art business.

Hairdressing is any activity that is not a surgical or medical procedure that maintains, alters or enhances a person's appearance in relation to their facial or scalp hair, including:

  • cutting
  • trimming
  • removing
  • colouring.

Beauty therapy is any activity intended to maintain, alter or enhance a person's appearance other than a cosmetic surgical or medical procedure. Some examples of beauty therapy services are:

  • facials
  • body wraps
  • exfoliation or microdermabrasion
  • manicures or pedicures
  • epilation, waxing or threading 

Body art is defined as an activity that permanently decorates or adorns a person's skin or permanently alters their appearance other than a surgical or medical procedure. Examples of body art services are:

  • tattooing
  • body piercing
  • ear-piercing.

Service type


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


Your registration will be ongoing as long as the business stays at the same premises and you continue to run the business.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $80.00

Hairdressing business registration fee. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $124.00

Beauty therapy and body art business registration fee. Fees for 2021-22

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Environmental Health Office

Department of Health

Northern Territory
Operating address: Casuarina Plaza
Floor 2
258 Trower Road
Casuarina, Northern Territory 0810
Mailing address: PO BOX 40596
Casuarina, Northern Territory 0811
Phone: 08 8922 7377
Phone: 1800 095 646
Fax: 08 8922 7036
Website: Environmental Health - Public Health (Opens in new window)