Temporary events for skin penetration

What to do if you are the organiser of a skin penetration temporary event, or an artist from another LGA planning on attending a Coffs Harbour event.

Select the tab that applies to you below. 


Event organiser

Step 1.Notify us of the event

Only one form is required for the event, but all individual operators must also be notified to the local Council where they usually trade.

Notification of Premises Undertaking Skin Penetration Procedures

Step 2.Gather documents

The following documents must be submitted prior to the event via email to coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au

Record of skin penetration operators

All skin penetration events must provide a record of the operators who will be attending the event. 

Record of artists for skin penetration temporary events(PDF, 397KB)

Floor plan

You must provide a scale floor plan for the event detailing:

  • The location and size of each work area
  • Any screens/dividers that will be used to separate work areas and the materials they are made of
  • The location of hand wash basins that will be designated for the use by the operator. One hand wash basin is to be provided per 6 operators. Please note hand wash basins must be designated hand wash only and provided with warm water from a single spout, liquid soap/alcohol gel and single use towels
  • Location of equipment sinks
  • Material of flooring/floor covering
  • Location and description of fixtures and fittings
  • Location of waste disposal for each artist

Describe infection control measures

Provide a written statement detailing what provisions have been made for the following infection control requirements:

  1. Waste management (solid and liquid)
  2. Sharps management/disposal
  3. Sterilisation of equipment (or a declaration that all skin penetration equipment will be single use)
  4. Cleaning of non-skin penetration equipment between clients
  5. An adequate supply of aprons and gloves
  6. An adequate supply of liquid soap and single use towels
  7. Physical separation of procedures from the viewing public
  8. Cleaning of floors, walls, fittings and fixtures in the treatment areas, before, during and after the event has finished

Tattoo show permit

For tattoo events you must submit a copy of your tattoo show permit, issued by NSW Fair Trading. This is not applicable for other skin penetration events.

Tattoo artist health requirements form

For tattoo events this form must be completed by each artist to ensure they understand their obligations regarding safety and infection control. The signed forms must be kept onsite by the event organiser. This is not applicable for other skin penetration events.

Tattoo artist health requirements form(PDF, 585KB)

Step 3.What happens next?

Our Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) will use the information provided to determine if effective controls will be in place to meet statutory requirements for skin penetration, and make further recommendations if needed.

Artist attending event

Proof of notification with home council

If you are a non-fixed skin penetration practitioner who normally operates within a different council area but are planning to attend a Coffs Harbour event, you must be notified with the local council where you normally trade. You must have proof of this notification available when trading, but you do not need to submit another notification to the City of Coffs Harbour.