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Skin penetration
Skin penetration procedures include any of the following:
  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • ear piercing
  • hair removal
  • any other procedure (whether medical or not) that involves skin penetration such as body piercing, hair removal using wax or electrolysis, cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent make-up, and any beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration or removal of the skin.
  • any other procedure prescribed by the regulations (which now includes colonic lavage)
Note - this does not include procedures performed in the practice of a registered medical practitioner.
Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices which do not intentionally pierce the skin are not considered skin penetration procedures, however Council audit these businesses to ensure adequate procedures for maintaining public health are being employed.

All skin penetration, hairdressing or other body decorating/grooming businesses must be registered with Council. Development consent may be required for any new skin penetration premises or alteration of an existing premises. Contact Council's Development Planners on (02) 4429 3111 for further information.

Do you want to make a complaint about a skin penetration business?

Council's Environmental Health Officers conduct routine health inspections of skin penetration premises, and investigate complaints regarding such premises.

To register a complaint, contact Council's Environmental Services section during business hours on (02) 4429 3610. Alternatively, you can e-mail or mail your concerns to:

The General Manager
Shoalhaven City Council
P.O Box 42
Nowra NSW 2541