Planning your building works carefully will help give you a high standard premises that will allow your business to operate efficiently and cost effectively.

There are requirements for registering a hairdressing premise that are additional to building code requirements. Please refer to our page Standards for hairdressers for more information.

In some cases it may be advantageous to engage the services of a design consultant with previous experience in the development of hairdressings premises. Your building consent plans should show compliance with both the building code and the hairdressing regulations.


Make sure your set of scale plans include a layout plan of your premises showing the following details:

  • All rooms and a description of use, for example, cutting area, storage area, staff area.
  • The position of all the services, appliances and fittings, such as cutting chairs, benches, shelving, cupboards, sinks, wash-hand basins, washing/drying machines.
  • The position of incidental features such as yard area, refuse storage area, toilets and staff facilities.


Your specifications should cover proposed construction materials, colours and finishes. Specification items can either be included on the plan or in a separate specifications sheet.