All hairdressing premises must comply with the Health (Hairdressing) Regulations 1980. The Council's Environmental Health Officer can assist you with any information requirements or undertake preliminary inspections at the initial set-up.
The basic compliance requirements are:
- all wetable areas must be smooth, impervious to water and readily cleanable
- ventilation and lighting must be adequate
- there must be hot and cold running water and separate sinks for hand washing, shampooing, utensil washing and any other needs
- there must be active management of premises cleaning, building maintenance, pest control and chemical storage
Registration is renewed each year from 30 September, or if the business changes hands.
When the premises are ready to open, contact the Environmental Health Officer for an inspection and apply for a certificate of registration. You may not open until registration has been completed and the Environmental Health Officer has approved the opening of the premises.
More information on the registration and legislative requirements involved in establishing and operating a new hairdressing establishment is detailed in the Starting Out in the Hairdressing Business brochure.