Higher risk personal appearance service licence - Ipswich City Council - Queensland

Description

You will require this licence if you have a business which provides higher risk personal appearance services. Higher risk personal appearance services refer to skin penetration procedures in which the release of blood or other bodily fluid is an expected result.

Examples of higher risk personal appearance services include:

  • body piercing
  • cosmetic tattooing
  • tattooing
  • tattoo removal using micro needles.
You can only provide these services from the premises stated on the licence.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

You do not need a licence if you perform the following activities:

  • non-higher risk personal appearance services, such as hairdressing, beauty therapy and closed ear or noise piercing
  • acupuncture
  • massage therapy
  • tattoo removal using a laser
  • personal appearance services provided within a health-care facility.

Eligibility requirements

If you intend to operate higher risk personal appearance services, your business should be designed and constructed to:

  • be adequate for the types of services and activities conducted
  • provide adequate space for all activities and for all equipment to be used or stored
  • allow easy cleaning / sanitising and sterilising procedures of all structures and equipment.

Your premises must be designed so that the flow of service is in one direction: from product receipt, to storage, preparation, providing the customer with a service, and finally to disposal and / or sanitising and / or sterilising of equipment. This is to reduce the infection risks associated with the process.

Your business must also include:

  • a clean zone within a room, or rooms, where clean or sterilised items are stored and a hand basin is located
  • a dirty or contaminated zone within a room, or rooms, where contaminated items are placed to await cleaning, and where the cleaning sinks, instrument washers and sterilisers are located.

You may also require development approval if you are conducting the following activities:

  • starting a new personal appearance service business
  • changing the type of activity (e.g. from office space to tattooist)
  • re-establishing a personal appearance service business that was abandoned
  • changing the scale or intensity of an existing business (e.g. increasing the number of chairs or expanding into the next unit)
  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work.

Prerequisites

Duration

No more than three years.

Application process

You can obtain this licence by completing a 'Personal Appearance Service' application and submitting it to council.

Additional information

If you are operating in two separate locations within one council area, you only require one licence as long as both locations are on your licence.

If you have a mobile business, you only need a licence from the council where you store your vehicle. You can use your licence all over Queensland, as long as you notify the council at least seven days before you intend to operate in their area. It may be less than seven days if the council agrees to the lesser period.

Businesses may have in place a COVID Safe Framework. This refers to:

  • where there is an approved plan for the business, activity or undertaking
  • where there is no approved plan and a COVID Safe Checklist is in place
  • where the business elects not to operate under an approved plan and instead elects to use a COVID Safe Checklist.

As of 20 October 2020, if your business is following an industry COVID Safe Plan, you will be able to offer services to the maximum number of people you can fit on your premises. You must comply with the rule of having one person per four square metres for indoor spaces greater than 200 metres. Smaller indoor spaces less than 200 square metres can have one person per two square metres, up to a maximum of 50 people at a time. Businesses must ensure everyone is kept 1.5 metres from others (outside their family or group) where possible. This is to be maintained by all workers and visitors.

Businesses which elect to not have in place a COVID Safe Framework may only operate the business for a maximum of 50 people, with no more than one person per four square metres and physical distancing observed.

Personal appearance businesses must collect contact information from patrons, contractors, and staff. This is for contact tracing purposes and the information must be destroyed after 56 days.

Offences exist in relation to higher risk personal appearance services. Legislative requirements must be complied with to ensure you are not in contravention of any legislative provisions.

Administering agency

Ipswich City Council

Contact details

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Ipswich City Council

Operating address: 50 South Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305
Mailing address: PO BOX 191
Ipswich, Queensland 4305
Phone: 07 3810 6666
Fax: 07 3810 6731
Email: council@ipswich.qld.gov.au
Website: Ipswich City Council (Opens in new window)