Special treatments licence
According to the London Local Authorities Act 1990, these types
of treatments need to be licensed with the council:
- Cosmetic piercing
- Light treatments
- Electric treatments
- Other similar treatments, including vapour, sauna or
other baths (including infra-red sauna cabin).
Registration must cover both the person carrying out the
treatment and the premises. The council has powers to refuse
a licence application. Good practice is controlled through
compliance with licence conditions in each case.
The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and
facilities used are safe and hygienic, to prevent the spread of
disease and to comply fully with the general duty of care as
required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and set
It is illegal to conduct treatments unless a licence has been
Once an application has been made and a fee of £311 has been
paid, an officer will undertake to inspect the premises. If the
officer considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be
suitable, the application will be approved.
The officer will also check on compliance with the following
conditions and ensure that general health and safety requirements
are being met. The officer will be pleased to offer any advice or
give any help if you are unsure about how to meet these
The fee for IPL (Intense Pulse Light) with or without other
treatments is £500
Licence condition requirements
- All surfaces in any part of the premises used by clients must
be kept clean and in good repair.
- All furniture and fittings in the treatment area must be kept
clean and in good repair.
- Tables, couches, seats, etc, used in the treatment area must
have a smooth, impervious surface which is regularly wiped down
with disinfectant and covered by a disposable paper sheet, changed
after each client.
- A 'No Smoking' sign must be prominently displayed.
Cleanliness of practitioners
- Any overall worn by the practitioner should be clean and in
- The practitioner's hands and nails must be kept clean.
- Any open cut, wound, sore or boil must be suitably covered by
an impermeable dressing.
- The practitioner should not smoke nor drink in the treatment
- The practitioner should have sole use of the washing facilities
which must provide hot and cold running water, soap (or a similar
cleanser) and a nail brush
- Any needle, metal instrument or other item of equipment used in
the treatment must be in a sterile condition and kept sterile until
it is used.
- If pre-sterilised items are not used then adequate facilities
must be provided for the purpose of sterilisation.
Copies of the London Local Authorities Act
1990 can be obtained from Office of Public Sector Information,
or a copy can be inspected at the Council offices where you may
also obtain details of the application form and further help or
Alternatively, download a
copy of the application form (pdf, 1.5 mb) or
apply online through the Businesslink website.
You will be contacted in writing on receipt of
the application form and a site visit arranged.
The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 has eliminated the
need for hairdressers to be registered. However, activities such as
ear piercing, electrolysis, tattooing and
acupuncture, and the employment of employees still need to be
Health & Safety at Work
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the key act which
affects all commercial activities, whether self-employed or as an
employee. Under this act, many regulations are considered. The more
relevant of these include:
- The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- The Health and Safety (Information for Employees) Regulations
- Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- The Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences
- The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations
- The Health and Safety (Young Persons) Regulations 1997
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Working Time Regulations 1998
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
To obtain a copy of a leaflet on the legislation, please contact
Health and Safety or download a copy of the form from the
Health and Safety website.
Business and Consumer Regulations Service
Mulberry Place 6th floor
5 Clove Crescent
Opening hours are: 9am to 5pm, Monday to
Tel: 020 7364 5008
Fax: 020 7364 6901