Buying or transferring a health-related business

Health-related businesses include:

  • Personal care and body art businesses that provide hairdressing, beauty treatment, skin penetration procedures and colonic irrigation
  • Prescribed accommodation including rooming and boarding houses and motels, hostels and caravan parks.

For more information on the different types of health-related business, see What are health-related businesses?

Pre-purchase inspection of an existing health-related business

If you are looking to buy an existing registered health-related business, Council strongly recommends that you obtain a Public Health and Wellbeing Act Transfer Inspection Report before you buy the business.

Moreland City Council offers an pre-purchase inspection service. This service includes an inspection of the business by Council Environmental Health Officers and a report that details all non-compliant items with the relevant requirements and regulations.

There is a fee for this service and the standard service provides a report within 15 working days. There is also an option to pay a higher fee for a 5-day turnaround for the report.

The current proprietor of the business must sign a form to release the information.

To request a Transfer Inspection Report, download and complete the Request for Public Health and Wellbeing Act Transfer Inspection Report form (DOC 86Kb) and submit to Council:

  • Submit the form online
  • Mail to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland, VIC 3058, or
  • Deliver in person to Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.

Council Environmental Health Officers will inspect the business and send you or your solicitor a copy of the report.

After Council issues the report, it is the responsibility of the purchaser and the vendor to negotiate to resolve all outstanding non-compliant items. 

Once the transfer of registration is approved by Council, the new proprietor is legally responsible for ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

You can contact Council for more information about this inspection service.

Transferring existing health-related business registration

As part of the process of purchasing an existing health-related business, you must apply to transfer the registration from the current owner to you.

To apply to transfer registration, download and complete the Application for Transfer a Public Health and Wellbeing Act Premises form (DOC 86Kb). Submit the completed application form, with the applicable fee and required documentation to Council:

  • Submit the form online
  • Mail to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland, VIC 3058, or
  • Deliver in person to Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.

Council Environmental Health Officers will asses the health-related business and inform you whether the registration transfer has been granted by Council. There may be conditions that you have to comply with before the registration can be transferred.

You can contact Council for more information about transferring health-related business registration.