Massage and special treatment licence

Record details

Description

Special treatment definition

A 'special treatment' premises is where a person receives:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic-piercing
  • Massage
  • Semi-permanent make-up
  • Tattooing
  • Chiropody
  • Electrolysis
  • Pedicure
  • Manicure
  • Reflexology
  • Sauna
  • Steam room; and
  • Sunbed treatments

It is illegal to operate or advertise for special treatments without first obtaining a licence from the Council.

Licensing of special treatments

1. Applications must be made at least 35 days before a premises operating, or the licence is due for renewal.

2. Changes in the owner, practitioners or treatments provided in the middle of an existing licence, all require amendment to the licence and approval by the Council.

3. Members of certain professional bodies, may apply to us for an exemption.

Consultation

5. The Council must consult the Police and Fire Service about each application received.

Practitioner competency and licensee fitness

6. Treatments are given by persons who are approved by the Council. The Council will only approve people that are appropriately qualified and experienced. Checks are also made to ensure that every qualification certificate received is authentic and checks are made for any previous criminal convictions against the licence applicant.

Penalties

7. It is an offence for any person to administer or advertise the availability of a special treatment without a licence; unless there is an exemption in force. Any person found guilty of an offence may be liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £2,500.

More information

8. Copies of the London Local Authorities Act 1990. Part II can be purchased from the Legislation website.

9. For more information or advice, please contact the Licensing Team on 01708 432777.

Application form

Apply for a special treatment licence

Fees

High risk

High risk single treatment Part A - £510
High risk single treatment Part B - £150
Note: total fee for new application £660

High risk multiple treatment Part A - £630
High risk multiple treatment Part B - £150
Note :total fee for new application - £780

High risk renewal single treatment Part A - £150
High risk renewal single treatment Part B - £150
total fee for renewal - £300

High risk Renewal multiple treatment part A - £210
High risk Renewal multiple treatment Part B - £150
Note :total fee for renewal - £360

Variation( additional treatment High risk)Part A - £300
Variation( additional treatment High risk) part B - £0
Note: total fee for variation - £300

Change of details high risk - £100

Late renewal surcharge:Surcharge to be paid for renewal applications that are received within 30 days of the expiry date of the licence. Renewals received after 30 days will not be accepted and applicants will have to apply for a new licence - £40

Duplicate 25.00

Low risk

Low risk single treatment Part A - £330.00
Low risk single treatment Part B - £150.00
Note: total fee for new low risk single treatment application - £480

Low risk multiple treatment Part A - £450
Low risk multiple treatment Part B - £150
Note: total fee for low risk multiple treatment new application - £600

Low risk renewal single treatment Part A - £100
Low risk renewal single treatment Part B - £150
Note: total fee for renewal single treatment - £250

Low risk renewal multiple treatment Part A - £150
Low risk renewal multiple treatment Part B - £150
Note: total fee for renewal - £300

Variation (additional treatment low risk)* if the additional treatment is high risk the higher risk fee must be paid - £150

Change of details low risk - £25