Skin penetration, beauty therapy and hairdressing

Skin penetration can be defined as a procedure where the skin is cut, torn, punctured, shaved or penetrated in any way. This includes most procedures/treatments carried out by tattoo, body piercing, beauty therapy and acupuncture businesses.

If you want to open a new body and ear piercing business within the City of Fremantle, you will need to first ensure you have correct planning approval and building approval for the premises. Planning / Building can be contacted by phoning 9432 9999 or by email here . Please note that the Environmental Health Department cannot proceed with your application if you have not provided evidence that you have obtained the appropriate Planning / Building approvals for the site or confirmation from the Planning / Building Department advising that the site has the appropriate approvals in place. 

The following Department of Health fact sheets provide more information on skin penetration:

Forms

Age laws

The age limit for getting a tattoo is 18 years of age. The age limit for piercing depends on the part of the body to be pierced.

  • a person must be 18 years or over to get an intimate body piercing (regardless of parental consent)
  • a person must be over 18 to get any non intimate body piercing (e.g. belly button) unless parental consent is provided
  • a person must be over 16 to get ones ears pierced unless parental consent is provided.

The above age limitations are regulated by the Department of Child Protection.

Beauty therapy

Only some beauty therapy treatments are regulated by health laws, this includes electrolysis, tweezing, waxing, lancing and any other treatment where the skin is cut, torn, punctured, shaved or penetrated in any way. The Department of Health's advice for the beauty therapy industry fact sheet has more information.

 Additionally if any of the above (skin penetration) treatments will be carried out in your proposed business you must also complete the skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle.

Tattooing

Tattooing is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998

You must then complete the skin penetration premises application form and submit it to the City of Fremantle.

Body and ear piercing

You must then complete the skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. 

Manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails

The Department of Health's advice for the beauty therapy industry fact sheet advices that manicures and pedicures are semi-critical skin penetration procedures. The Department of Health Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) use of MMA in nail products fact sheet has more information on the use of MMA.

You must then complete the a skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998.

You must then complete the a skin penetration premises application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. 

Hairdressing

Hairdressing premises are governed by the Hairdressing Establishments Regulations 1972. Cut throat razors are permitted to be used only with an interchangeable single-use blade. The Department of Health use of cut throat razors in the hairdressing industry fact sheet has more information.


You must complete the hairdressing establishment application and submit it to the City of Fremantle. 

Massage

If you want to open a new body and ear piecrcing business within the City of Fremantle, you will need to first ensure you have correct planning approval and building approval for the premises. Planning / Building can be contacted by phoning 9432 9999 or by email here . 

In Western Australia there are currently no provisions under the Health Act 1911 regulating massage therapy. However there are still standard precautions massage therapists should take. See the Department of Health's advice for massage therapists fact sheet for more information.
 

Contact Us

Planning services
E planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au
T 08 9432 9999

Environmental health services
health@fremantle.wa.gov.au
T 08 9432 9999