Warning put to tattooists and parlour owners

GET licensed - that's the message the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is sending to tattoo parlours and tattooists.

Fair Trading executive director Brian Bauer said new laws required tattoo parlour owners and body art tattooists to get a licence from January 6.

"You can apply for a licence from today and you should do so as soon as possible," he said.

"From July 1, 2014, it will be an offence to operate a tattoo parlour or carry out a body art tattooing procedure without a licence.

"Applicants will be screened by the Queensland Police Service to ensure they are suitable to work in the tattoo industry and have no links to criminal motorcycle gangs."

A person will need a tattoo operator licence if they run a body art tattooing business. The licence will cost $1150 for one year or $1990 for three years.

"When you apply for a licence, you will also need to provide details about your close associates, such as your staff, business partners and landlord," Mr Bauer said.

"Your finger and palm prints will be collected... to determine if you are suitable to hold a licence."

A person will need a body art tattooist licence if they perform body art tattooing procedures. Cost $350 for one year or $690 for three years.



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