City of Wodonga


New health premises

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, health businesses that conduct the following activities must register with us:

Beauty therapy

Any procedure intended to maintain, alter or enhance a person's appearance by, facial or body treatments, application of cosmetics, manicures or pedicures, application or mending of artificial nail and epilation including by electrolysis or hot or cold wax.


Any procedure intended to maintain, alter or enhance a person's appearance in relation to facial or scalp hair by trimming, styling, cutting, and colouring, treating or shaving hair.

Skin penetration

Any procedure performed on a person other than a surgical or medical procedure that involves, piercing, cutting, scarring, branding, scraping, puncturing or tearing of the skin using an instrument.


Any process that involves the penetration of a person's skin to make a permanent or semi-permanent mark, pattern or design on the skin.

Colonic irrigation

A procedure involving the cleansing of a person's colon.

The following health businesses are exempt from the requirements to be registered:

  • Dentists;
  • Medicals practitioners;
  • Nurses;
  • Podiatrists;
  • Acupuncturists;
  • Pathology services;
  • Non-pathology analysis businesses; and
  • Hospitals/health centres.

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Starting a new health business

If you are starting a new health business the following is required to obtain approval from our environmental health team prior to operating your business.

  1. Submit a completed application form for plans approval along with plans and relevant fee for assessment by our environmental health officer; and
  2. Submit a completed application form for registration with the relevant fee
  3. Arrange a final inspection with our environmental health officer prior to operating.

For further information regarding setting up a health premise, please read our Guidelines For Health and Beauty Premises document, frequently asked questions or visit for in-depth information on how to start a new business/obtain correct registrations.

There are different steps to follow if you are buying an existing health business or planning on operating a mobile health business.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the type of business and changes you may be making, you may need to contact our building and planning teams to obtain other relevant permits.

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All fees are outlined in the Environmental Health fees and charges sheet
(Fees change as of July 1 each year).


PDFApplication for registration of health premises (PDF 97KB)

PDFSubmitting plans for health premises (PDF 82KB)

PDFGuidelines For Health and Beauty Premises (PDF 2425KB)

Last updated: 02-07-2018

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