Whitehorse City Council

Purchasing an Existing Hairdressing, Beauty or Body Art Business

If you are looking to purchase an existing hairdressing, beauty or body art business, an inspection prior to settlement ensures that prospective proprietors are fully informed of any outstanding notices on the premises or any works that are required to be completed so that the premises comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

Property Enquiry/Pre-sale Inspection

A prospective proprietor, or their solicitor, can request a pre-sale inspection be carried out by an Environmental Health Officer.

Due to the current privacy laws, the current proprietor must sign to give their consent for the inspection report to be released. Please ensure that the Request for Inspection and Consent for Disclosure of Information Form is completed and signed by both parties and returned along with the appropriate fee at least 14 days prior to settlement.

Inspection Report

The Environmental Health Officer will list any work that needs to be done to bring the business up to the current standards.

A copy of the inspection report will be provided to the current proprietor as well as the purchaser, or their solicitor. A response is normally provided within five working days for a standard service and two working days for a priority service.

The existing proprietor and the purchaser should then decide who will undertake any necessary work as listed in the report.

A Transfer a Public Health and Wellbeing Act Premises Application Form will be sent with the inspection report. Download an online version of the form

Please note: the inspection carried out by the Environmental Health Unit is for the purposes of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 only. If you need information about compliance with Council’s Planning and Building Department requirements, or other utility provider such as Yarra Valley Water, you will need to contact these departments separately.

Transferring a Hairdressing, Beauty or Body Art Business

To ensure that the health business can transfer the Registration under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, all of the following items need to be submitted to Council’s Environmental Health Unitprior to settlement:

Certificate of Registration

A Certificate of Registration issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 will be sent to the new proprietor once all of the above items have been submitted and any outstanding works have been completed.

You will also be sent out a 5 Star Information Booklet that will explain the Health Hygiene Assessment (5 Star Program) to you.

Renew Your Registration

Council will send you a notice to renew your Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 registration via post towards the end of the year. Pay the registration fee in person at one of Council’s Service Centres or before 31 December.

When You Have Taken Over

An Environmental Health Officer will inspect your premises once you have taken over to ensure that any items identified during the pre-sale inspection have been completed and that you are maintaining adequate hygiene standards.

Within Three Months

An Environmental Health Office will conduct a further inspection. This will form your 5 Star Health Hygiene Assessment for the current year. Subsequent inspections will be conducted approximately one year from this inspection. Any businesses that transfer after 31 August, and are awarded 5 stars, will not be published in the 5 Star Booklet.

Please note: Whitehorse City Council's star rating on the premises is not transferable as this award represents the health hygiene performance of the current proprietor.