Tattooing Show/Exhibition Permit - Queensland


Individual or organisations wishing to hold events or exhibitions where body art tattooing procedures will be performed, must apply for an event permit.  An event permit may be issued for a maximum of 7 days with a maximum of 2 event permits per person per year.  An application for the permit must be made by the events manager for the show or exhibition.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Must Have

To be eligible for a permit, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be an Australian citizen or resident.

If you are applying on behalf of an organisation, you will also need to give us:

  • details of the organisation
  • evidence that you are the nominated event manager.


An application for a permit must be made at least 28 days before the proposed commencement date of the tattooing show or exhibition.  Please note that it may take some time to process the application.  Make sure all the information required is with the application to avoid delays.  The Office of Fair Trading will process licence applications as quickly as possible but, as other government agencies are involved in the approval process, applications may take some time to progress.  As such, people are encouraged to lodge their applications as soon as possible.


Application process

You can lodge your application with the Office of Fair Trading at the address below, at one of our regional offices or at a Queensland Government service centre.

By mail:
Industry Licensing Unit
Office of Fair Trading
GPO Bo 3111
Brisbane Queensland 4001

Additional information

You should also contact your local council regarding the Higher risk personal appearance service licence.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Office of Fair Trading (Opens in new window)