Massage and special treatments licensing

Massage and other special treatment licensing

If you run an establishment or operate a business from home for 'special treatments' in you will require a licence.

Special treatments include:

  • massage
  • laser treatments, for example hair removal
  • fish pedicures
  • electrodermograph treatments
  • waxing
  • colonic irrigation
  • light treatments, such as sunbeds
  • electric or heat treatments
  • other special treatments
  • sauna or other bath treatments

In addition to any standard special treatment licence issued, separate licence applications will be needed to cover laser treatments and fish pedicures.

Fees

The following fees apply:

  • £130 for the first year (or part thereof) for any new licence
  • £70 per year licence renewal

Conditions

There is a business owner application and an employee application (that must also be completed by owner-operators).

You may be refused a licence if:

  • you are under 21 years of age
  • you or the person who will manage the premises is deemed unsuitable
  • you have been convicted of particular offences
  • the premises you intend to use are unsuitable
  • you don't have staff with adequate professional or technical experience
  • safety of equipment or the treatment is deemed unsatisfactory
  • your establishment is being carried out in contravention of any local act or by-law

All special treatment licences expire annually on 31 March.

Please refer to our standard conditions for massage and special treatment licences.

These licences will be required in addition to any skin piercing, tattooing or acupuncture registration required under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) 1982. You should also refer to the conditions set out in the Essex Act 1987 Chapter xx, Part VI.

Apply

You can:

Health and safety team

: healthandsafety@thurrock.gov.uk

Appeals and complaints

You will be given the opportunity to appeal, if your application is refused. To do so, please contact us, in the first instance. Appeals must be made within 21 days of the date you received notification of the decision in writing. Magistrates' court decisions can be appealed to the Crown Court.

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you first contact the trader directly, preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. If this approach does not work, Citizen's Advice can give you advice.