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Register a health business

All health and wellbeing businesses must be registered with Council.

This is a requirement of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act).

Health and wellbeing businesses

Health and wellbeing businesses include:

  • hairdressers (once-off registration for hairdressing premises only)
  • beauty parlours
  • tattooing
  • ear-piercing
  • colonic irrigation
  • any others involving penetration of the skin.

Register your business

To register a health business, you must apply for an assessment of your business plan. 

Apply for plan assessment of health premises

Contact our Health Services team on 9298 8000 if you have any questions.

Transfer the registration of your business

To transfer business registration, you need to complete an:

Application to transfer the registration of a health premises 

The transfer is not official until Council has approved the application.

Pre-sale inspection

You can request an inspection before a purchase or sale in order to establish the current state of the premises. This is called a premises enquiry. There is an option of a four or ten business day turnaround for the inspection report.

Application for premises enquiry

Renew your registration

We will send you a renewal notice towards the end of the year.

Building and planning permits

Depending on the type of business and the changes you may be making, you may also need other planning and building permits.

Contact Building Services or Planning Services if you have any questions.

Fees

Registration fees:

  • are paid on an annual basis from 1 January – 31 December
  • can be applied on a half-yearly pro-rata basis depending on when your application and payment are received
  • are valid until 31 December regardless of when you apply during the year.

Make sure you pay the appropriate fee when you lodge your application, otherwise it may delay the processing.

2021 fees

The following fees and charges are valid from 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021. No GST is applicable. 

2021 fees

Category

Annual
Registration

Hairdressers, Beauty Therapists and Skin Penetration – Single Operation

$165

Hairdressers, Beauty Therapists and Skin Penetration – Multiple Operation

$224

Hairdressers only – one off registration fee

$270

Other fees and charges

The following legislative fees & charges are applicable from 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021.

Service

Fee

Transfer of Public Health and Wellbeing Act Registration

50% of Annual Registration (see table above)

Premises Enquiry Inspection – Prior To Transfer (4 working day turnaround)

$349 (GST inclusive)

Premises Enquiry Inspection – Prior To Transfer (10 working day turnaround)

$253 (GST inclusive)

Premises Enquiry Inspection – 2nd and subsequent requests

$115 (GST inclusive)

Establishment Fee – Public Health and Wellbeing Act

$161 (GST inclusive)

Septic Tank Permit to Install or Alter

$530 (GST inclusive)

Sharps Disposal Levy (for registered health premises)

$16 (GST inclusive)

Pro-rata Refund Admin Fee (for cancellation of registration only)

$49 (GST inclusive)

Archived Records Retrieval Fee

$32 (GST inclusive)

Penalties for late payment

All registrations lapse on 31 December of each year. It is important to lodge your renewal of registration with the applicable fee before this date.

If not, your business will be trading unregistered after 1 January of the following year. It is an offence to trade unregistered and you may:

  • be issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN), and
  • have legal action taken against you.

PIN penalties include:

  • four penalty units for individuals and ten penalty units for companies for Public Health and Wellbeing Act breaches.
  • ten penalty units for all parties breaching the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010.

Need help?

Email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

Or call our Health Services team on 9298 8000.

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