In some local authority areas a licence may be required to operate/provide beauty treatments, for example if you live in London. In Dudley however, registration is required only for some treatments, whether you do them at home or in a business premises. These are:
Cosmetic Piercing (ear, body, etc)
Tattooing and semi-permanent colouring
It is illegal to conduct skin piercing, tattooing, acupuncture, electrolysis and semi-permanent skin colouring unless the registration has been formally approved and certification provided.
Do I need a licence for other beauty treatments?
Some treatments may be regulated by other Enforcement Agencies. For example:
What about other beauty treatments?
Sauna, massage, sun beds, leg waxing, nail manicure, pedicure, facials, eyelash tinting are all at present non-registerable activities. However, premises used for these activities must comply with health and safety legislation.
What sort of enforcement does the Council do?
The Council follow the enforcement policy when taking enforcement action. We have also signed up to the Government's "Enforcement Concordat"and the Regulators Compliance Code which sets out principles of good practice in regulatory and enforcement activity. Before we undertake any criminal proceedings in court we have to ensure that the case is in the public interest to prosecute. We may instead offer alleged offenders the opportunity to formally admit their guilt and accept a formal caution. Our Enforcement Policy and Charter sets out the sort of criteria we use when considering legal action.
Where can I get further information?
Further information is available from:
Complaints and Advice
If you are concerned about the standards or practices within a local business or are concerned that they do not appear to be registered please use the Cosmetic/Beauty Business Advice and Complaints form.