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Proposed changes to the Health and Hygiene Bylaw

Closed for feedback

About the proposed changes to the Health and Hygiene Bylaw

This consultation closed to feedback on 1 October 2018.

A large amount of the public feedback on the consultation focused on:

  • health protection
  • tatau
  • eyeball tattoo
  • massage.

Bylaw changes 

Auckland Council's Governing Body decided on 22 November 2018 to make the following main changes to the Bylaw:

  • banning eyeball tattooing unless carried out by an ophthalmologist
  • requiring services that pierce, or risk breaking or burning tissue (not just the skin) to be licensed from 1 March 2019
  • requiring licences to be publicly displayed from 1 March 2019
  • requiring therapeutic massage, water play parks and splash pads to meet minimum standards to be developed in consultation with operators in 2019
  • clarifying that tā moko is a significant cultural practice that must be authorised either by marae or council
  • clarifying that traditional tattooing is a significant cultural practice that continues to be authorised by council for health protection.

Further information

For more details:

Thank you for your interest in this consultation.