Enforcement Options

Council has a responsibility to enforce public health and safety laws in personal appearance businesses, and may take regulatory enforcement action for breaches. This action may be taken as a result of an inspection or from investigating a complaint.

Types of enforcement action

Council’s Environmental Health Officers have a number of informal and regulatory options for dealing with breaches of public health legislation including:

Verbal or written warnings

Warnings may be issued for minor breaches, at the discretion of the investigating officer.

Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs)

PINs may be issued for certain breaches of public health legislation.

Improvement Notices

Legal documents issued under the Public Health Act 2010 directing someone carrying out skin penetration procedures to do certain things by a specific date.


Legal documents issued under the Local Government Act 1993 directing someone carrying out hairdressing or beauty treatment to comply with relevant standards set in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

Prohibition Orders

Legal documents issued under the Public Health Act 2010 that can force a business proprietor to cease carrying out skin penetration procedures until a further inspection determines the public health risk is eliminated or made satisfactory and a Certificate of Clearance has been issued. A Prohibition Order may be issued if an Improvement Notice has not been complied with by the time and date specified, or to prevent or mitigate a serious risk to public health.


Council may instigate legal action in a court of law for more serious or ongoing breaches of the Public Health Act 2010 or the Local Government Act 1993.