Health Regulations

All Health Premises in Darebin must meet health regulations in order to operate. Health premises such as hairdressers, beauty parlours, body piercing and ear piercing premises and tattooists must meet all health regulations.

Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries
The guidelines assist business owners in the personal care and body art industries to comply with the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001.  Further information on the Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries is available on the Department of Health and Human Services Website.

Registering a Public Health and Wellbeing Act Business
All health and beauty businesses must register their health premises with Council. 

To register your health business, you will need to complete the following:

Step 1: Planning Permit and/or Building Permit
Prior to registering your health business all relevant Planning and Building Permits must be obtained.  If a Planning or Building Permit is required, do not commence any work on the premises until you have received the required permits.

If you proceed with the works and commence operating without the required permits, you will be required to stop operating your business until you have the necessary permits.

Step 2: Plans Submission and Approval
Two copies of the premises' floor plans must be submitted and approved before commencing works to the premises. Plans must be drawn on A4 or A3 sized paper, showing:

  • The use of each area of the premises 
  • Identifying procedures to be carried out
  • Location of all fittings, hand basins, sinks and equipment details of floors, walls, ceilings, fittings and their finishes.
Please submit to Health Protection:
a) Two (2) copies of your premises plans on A4 or A3 Size paper

Alternatively, you can Submit your Application Online.

Step 3:  Progress Inspections
Regular inspections are carried throughout the construction process, which leads to the approval of the plans. The premises must not be opened to the public until the Health department have given you an approval.

Step 4: Final Inspection and Application for Registration
Once the premises has been given final approval to open for business, the Health Officer will provide you with an Application for Public Health and Wellbeing Act Registration Form. At the final inspection the Health Officer will require a completed Application for Public Health and Wellbeing Act New Registration Form and payment of the New Registration Fee.  Once payment has been processed, the Certificate of Registration will be posted out to you within two weeks.

Purchasing an Existing Business
Health premises inspections can be arranged upon request for new businesses, or if you are intending on purchasing a business. The inspection will help determine what work needs to be done to bring the premises up to standard.

Your request should be made two weeks prior to settlement to ensure any outstanding items are completed prior to the sale of the business, otherwise these outstanding items become the responsibility of the new owner.  You need to submit a Request for a Premises Inspection form with payment.

Further Information
Health Protection
Ph: (03) 8470 8658 
Email: health@darebin.vic.gov.au

In Darebin the registration and monitoring of prescribed accommodation businesses is in accordance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Registering a Prescribed Accommodation Business
Our Health Protection Unit is responsible for the registration and monitoring of prescribed accommodation in accordance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. 

Premises are inspected to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained to minimise the transfer of infectious diseases.

Types of accommodation registered by Council are:

  • Hostels
  • Hotel/Motel
  • Rooming/Boarding houses
  • Student Accommodation
  • Residential Accommodation
There are a number of state and local government laws that are applicable to boarding houses and these are monitored through local government Planning, Building and Health business units through separate legislation.

Registering a Prescribed Accommodation Business
All accommodation businesses must register their health premises with Council. 

To register your health business, you will need to complete the following:

STEP 1: Planning Permit and/or Building Permit
Prior to making an application all relevant Planning and Building Permits must be obtained.  If a Planning or Building Permit is required, do not commence any work on the premises until you have received the required permits.

If you proceed with the works and commence operating without the required permits, you will be required to stop operating your business until you have the necessary permits.

STEP 2: Plans Submission and Approval
Two copies of the premises' floor plans must be submitted and approved before commencing works to the premises.

    Please Submit:
    a) Two (2) copies of your premises plans on A4 or A3 Size paper showing:
    • The use of each area of the premises 
    • Identifying procedures to be carried out
    • location of all fittings, hand basins, sinks and equipment details of floors, walls, ceilings, fittings and their finishes.

    Alternatively, you can Submit your Application Online.

    STEP 3:  Progress Inspections
    Regular inspections are carried throughout the construction process, which leads to the approval of the plans. The premises must not be opened to the public until approval is given.

    STEP 4: Final Inspection and Application for Registration
    Once the premises has been given final approval to open for business, the Health Officer will provide you with an Application for Public Health and Wellbeing Act Registration Form.

    At the final inspection the Health Officer will require a completed Public Health and Wellbeing Act New Registration Form and payment of the New Registration Fee

    Once payment has been processed, the Certificate of Registration will be posted out to you within two weeks.

    Purchasing an Existing Business
    Prescribed Accommodation premises inspections can be arranged upon request for new businesses, or if you are intending on purchasing a business. The inspection will help determine what work needs to be done to bring the premises up to standard.

    Your request should be made two weeks prior to settlement to ensure any outstanding items are completed prior to the sale of the business, otherwise these outstanding items become the responsibility of the new owner.  You need to submit a Request for a Premises Inspection Form with payment.

    Further Information
    Health Protection
    Ph: (03) 8470 8658 
    Email: health@darebin.vic.gov.au

    Our Health Officers conduct regular education visits to tobacco retailers, eating establishments, licensed premises and gaming venues in regards to administering and enforcing requirements under the Tobacco Act.

    This includes enforcing non-compliances in response to education visits and public complaints.

    We aim to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoking through:

    • Enforcing smoke free dining
    • Banning smoking in designated areas of licensed premises, shopping centres and children and young people areas used for recreational and sporting activities
    • Regulating display and advertising of tobacco products
    • Banning illegal tobacco products
    Tobacco advertising
    Strict legislation regulates the sale and display of tobacco on retail and food premises.

    Any form of tobacco advertising such as flags, posters, stickers or signage either within or external of the retail outlet is prohibited. Tobacco products are prohibited from being displayed within the retail outlet although some specialist tobacconists may have some exemptions.

    A quit smoking or health warning sign must be displayed at the point of sale or at the entrance of the premises along with a ‘We don’t sell Tobacco to minors’ sign.

    Complaints
    Darebin residents who believe that a business is breaching the tobacco laws can contact us to make a complaint.

    Further information about Tobacco Regulations can be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services or by calling the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775.

    Further Information
    Health Protection
    Ph: (03) 8470 8658
    Email: health@darebin.vic.gov.au