Special treatment premises
You will need to apply for a licence under the London Local Authorities Act 1991 as amended if you own or manage premises offering any of the following treatments, unless you can claim an exemption:
- nail extensions
- body piercing
- cosmetic piercing
- other special treatments such as sun beds, vapour, laser, sauna or other baths
Please check our list to see whether you need a licence to provide a particular type of treatment
A licence is not needed if the treatments are given:
- without gain or reward – all treatments provided for free or donation
- without premises used – mobile service from a vehicle or in clients’ own homes
- for treatments done by or under the supervision of medical practitioners, dentists and professions supplementary to medicine in a hospital or nursing home
- for treatments done by or under the supervision of a person who is a member of a body of health practitioners approved for exemption by the council. View the full list.
If you do not need a licence, you still need to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and allied regulations.
Licences are granted for a maximum period of twelve months. The council has standard conditions which are applied to every licence granted. In some cases additional special conditions may be imposed. It may take up to 6 weeks for a licence to be issued providing no objections have been received.
Renewing your licence
All licences must be renewed before their date of expiry.
You can download from this page presentations given at a workshop for Special Treatment businesses in September 2016 covering health and safety, licensing, infection control and consumer protection within special treatment premises.