Do I need Approval?
For all new businesses that are going to be used for personal appearance services and involve a change of use, building work, or internal renovations, development consent is required before you start, as it is not considered as Exempt Development.
If you are not changing the use of a premises, and you are not carrying out any building works or renovations, then simply notify Council of your business.
Site considerations for a personal appearance business
- Is the site suitable?
- Is there already a Development Consent in place to use the site as a personal appearance business?
- Is the site large enough for all the activities, equipment and facilities that will be required?
Once a suitable site is found, you may need to apply for development consent. You should speak with Council’s town planning staff to check if the proposal is permitted and what requirements are necessary.
Personal appearance businesses need to notify Council of their proposed activity prior to operation commencing.
What do I do if I want to set up a home salon?
Home beauty salons, hair salons, barbershops and personal appearance businesses must comply with the Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012. You should speak with Council’s town planning staff to check if the proposal is permitted and what requirements are necessary.
Standards for construction and operation
The construction or fit-out of a barber, hairdressing or beauty salon must comply with the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. The standards can be found in Schedule 2 of the Regulation here.
Businesses conducting skin penetration procedures must also comply with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2022.
More information on hygiene requirements for skin penetration procedures can be found on the NSW Health website.
Before you start operating, you can request Council carry out a fit-out inspection to ensure the premises comply with the relevant standards. A $250 fee must be paid before the inspection can take place.
Request a fit-out inspection