Higher Risk Personal Appearance Service Licence (Logan) - Queensland


A business that conducts the following activities are classified as a Higher Risk Personal Appearance Service and requires a licence from Council.

Higher risk activities:

  • body piercing
  • implanting a natural or synthetic substance into a persons skin, for example hair or beads
  • scarring cutting a persons skin using a sharp instrument to make a permanent mark, pattern or design
  • tattooing

A business that conducts only the following activities is classified as a non-higher risk Personal Appearance and does not require a licence from Council:

Non-higher risk activities:

  • hairdressing,
  • beauty therapy including facial or body treatments, application of cosmetics, manicures or pedicures, application of, or mending artificial nails, epilation (hair removal) by electrolysis or wax,
  • skin penetration procedures, not including higher risk activities, for example closed ear or nose piercing.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant Development Approval to prevent the application being delayed.

All new premises and tenancy fit-outs require both Building Approval and Plumbing Approval either via Council or a private certifier, prior to commencing operations.

Contact the Water Business Branch of Logan City Council to ascertain whether a permit to discharge trade waste to sewer is required.

The 'Public Health (Infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003 - What business needs to know' guide can provide more information to businesses and can be accessed from the link provided: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/442651/icpas-businessneedstoknow.pdf

Each person who provides a higher risk personal appearance service must hold an HLTIN402C - Maintain infection control standards in office practice setting accreditation. This course in available from Southern Queensland Institude of TAFE. Evidence of qualification is required prior to commencing business.


A higher risk personal appearance service business licence is renewed annually.


All fees, including application and renewal fees, are listed on the application form.

Application process

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Higher Risk Personal Appearance Services Application
New Licence/Amendment/Transfer to Council. If you require further information regarding the obtaining of this licence please contact Council.

To assess the suitability of your premises, you are required to submit the following plans with your application:

  • Two copies of plan layout of all equipment, benches, storage cupboards (storage of staff personal items), sinks, non-hand touch hand basin, door/window openings, location of staff areas and chemical/cleaning equipment storage areas to a suitable scale (eg 1:100),
  • Two copies of 2 cross sections each drawn through separate areas of the storage and customer service areas. Details are to include finishes to walls, floors and ceilings, heights of fixtures from floors and benches, junctions of walls and floors and lighting provisions to a suitable scale (eg 1:50),
  • Two copies of site plan showing locaion of premises in regard to other preemises including wastewater treatment devices, waste storage area and staff toilets to a suitable scale,
  • Details of locaiton and types of sterilising equipment and laundry facilities for sanitising needles, towels, wraps, etc,
  • Certification of autoclave as per Queensland Development Code - Mandatory part - MP 5.2 - HIGHER RISK PERSONAL APPEARANCE SERVICES.

Application forms and information kits are available from Councils website.

Additional information

Pre lodgement meetings: Council provides a pre lodgement meeting service.

To establish the viability of purchasing a business, it is strongly recommended that the potential purchaser apply for a Non Residential Property Information. This search may provide the potential purchaser with either a database report or inspection of the business for legal compliance pursuant to the relevant legislation.

Local Government Toolbox is an initiative of South East Queensland Councils, providing standardised information on a number of permits, licences, approvals and registrations. This information is available by following the links on the Logan City Council website.

Administering agency

Logan City Council

Contact details

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

Logan City Council

Operating address: 150 Wembley Road
Logan Central, Queensland 4114
Mailing address: PO Box 3226
Logan City DC, Queensland 4114
Phone: 07 3412 3412
Fax: 07 3412 3444
Email: council@logan.qld.gov.au
Website: Logan City Council (Opens in new window)