This page details the hairdresser registration and hygiene requirements and information for businesses in Porirua City.
Hairdressers must be registered
All hairdressing premises including mobile shops must be registered with Council and comply with the set minimum hygiene standards.
Registration is renewable annually by 1 September in each year.
A hairdresser's shop means any premises, other than premises occupied by a customer, where a hairdresser carries on his or her business or practice.
Note: This includes a mobile hairdressing shop, a hairdressers home where that is being used for business purposes but does not include a customer's home.
You may apply for registration to Council in writing on the relevant application form by using the "Health Forms" link below.
Definition of a hairdresser
- A hairdresser means a person who engages for profit or reward in the business or practice of hairdressing, whether in a hairdresser’s shop or not.
- Hairdressing means the dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, shaving, trimming, singeing, bleaching, tinting, colouring, or other treatment of the hair or beard of any person.
- All hairdressers where ever they conduct their business however must comply with the set minimum standards for hairdresser's shop.
Buying an existing business
If you are proposing to buy an existing hairdressing shop discuss your proposal with Council's Customer Services Centre early in your planning to avoid later problems.
- You should check that:
- The existing premises/business has current registration.
- There are no hygiene requisitions or other registration issues outstanding.
- The premises are building code compliant, for example, they have a current Warrant of Fitness and/or a Code Compliance Certificate and there are no oustanding building issues.
If you are buying the building, apply for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM). Click on the LIM link below to tell you what sort of information a LIM will provide you with.
Starting a new business
If you are proposing to start a new business consult Council early in the planning process.
- You may need a building consent and a resource consent if you are:
- Constructing a new building.
- Structurally altering an existing building.
- Changing the use of an existing building i.e. from office accommodation to a hairdresser’s shop.
- Converting retail space in a shopping mall into hairdressing premises.
- Establishing a hairdressing salon in your home.
- Erecting a free standing roof, wall or verandah mounted sign.
You need approval for advertising signs
Depending on their size, type, location and method of fixture, advertising signs must comply with Building, District Plan and/or Bylaw requirements.
Meeting the hygiene standards
You must comply with the minimum standards for hairdresser's shop set by government regulation. Council Environmental Health Officers (EHO) will carry out periodic inspections of your hairdressing premises.
The EHO making the inspection will notify you at the time of any hygiene issues detected during the inspection. They will confirm their findings in writing and identify the remedial work required and the time frame for its completion.
Extra or special inspections will be carried out if hygiene standards are deficient. In these cases additional inspection fees may be charged. In cases of serious breaches your registration may be suspended or cancelled and/or you may be prosecuted in the District Court.
The EHO's also investigate complaints about registered premises. If you have concerns about a hairdresser's hygiene standards call or visit Council's Customer Services Centre.
Complaints regarding cost, customer service or work quality must be addressed directly with the business management as Council has no jurisdiction in those matters.
You must renew your registration each year
Registration must be renewed by 1 September each year. Council will send you a renewal form and registration fee invoice prior to that date. When your receive your renewal form, complete it and forward it with the payment slip and fee to Council's Customer Services Centre.
Upon receipt of your payment, the Certificate of Hygiene will be issued and mailed out to you. You must display your certificate in a prominent location on your premises for public viewing.
Certificates of Registration must be publicly displayed
Your certificate must be clearly displayed on your premieses or stall for public viewing.
Notifying change of ownership
To notify Council of a change in ownership print off the Notification of Change of Ownership form from the "Health Forms" link below, complete it and submit it to Council’s Customer Services Centre with the required fee.
Links to more hairdressing information
Porirua City Council links: