If you operate a business providing massages or other 'special treatments' from a premises or your home, you will need a licence.
Other special treatments include:
- laser treatments – for example, hair removal
- fish pedicures
- electrodermograph treatments
- 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.
The following fees apply:
- £130 for the first year (or part thereof) for any new licence
- £70 per year licence renewal
There is a business owner application and an employee application. The latter 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 read our standard conditions for massage or other 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 to licence premises for massage or other special treatments
- renew your premises licence for massage or other special treatments
Contact us if you need to change your premises licence for massage or other special treatments.
Appeals and complaints
If your application is refused, you will have an opportunity to appeal. In the first instance, please contact us. 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.
If you wish to complain about a trader, you should first contact the trader directly – preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. If this does not work, Citizen's Advice can give you advice.