Skip to main content
Auckland Council

Health and Hygiene Bylaw 2013

The Health and Hygiene Bylaw 2013 protects the health of people who use certain commercial services that pierce or risk breaking or burning skin.

What the Health and Hygiene Bylaw does

The bylaw establishes the framework for certain commercial services to be licensed or to comply with the Health and Hygiene Code of Practice 2013.

The code of practice sets minimum standards of hygienic and safe practices for:

  • the way premises are constructed, equipped and maintained
  • the way operators conduct themselves when providing services.

It also includes recommendations for best practice.

Commercial services that require a licence

Commercial services that pierce the skin

This includes:

  • tattooing
  • body piercing
  • acupuncture
  • electrolysis
  • red vein treatment
  • derma rolling or stamping.

Commercial services that risk breaking the skin

This includes:

  • hair removal
  • nail care
  • exfoliation.

Commercial service that risks burning the skin

This includes:

  • sun beds
  • pulsed light treatment
  • laser treatment.

Commercial services that need to comply with the code of practice

  • Any commercial service involving colon hydrotherapy.
  • Public swimming pools, including pools at motels and schools.
  • Any commercial services that pierce the skin.
  • Any commercial services that risk breaking the skin.
  • Any commercial services that risk burning the skin.

Services that are exempt from licence and code of practice requirements

  • Any commercial service by health practitioners covered by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, in the practice of their profession.
  • Commercial acupuncture by members of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists or members of the New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority.
  • Traditional and non-commercial tā moko carried out on or under the authority of a marae in the Auckland region under tikanga Māori.
  • Commercial ear-piercing carried out in a pharmacy licensed by the Ministry of Health.

Get a copy of the Health and Hygiene Bylaw and the Code of Practice