What is an Electrolysis Licence?
If you own or run a business and wish to carry out electrolysis then you will need to apply for a electrolysis licence with your local authority.
Electrolysis remains the only method of permanent hair removal offering at spas and salons.
The law requires that premises operating electrolysis hair removal hold an electrolysis licence. This is also regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Please note that that electrolysis hair removal operators are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their electrolysis licence on display at all times.
How to apply for a Electrolysis Licence
You must provide details about yourself and your premises, including any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field, as well as pay a one-off registration fee.
These are set by the council and vary from area to area.
You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
An electrolysis licence will be required by businesses or self-employed individuals operating either independently within premises or if they operate as a mobile business.
It is essential that cosmetic treatments like electrolysis hair removal are carried out in safe and hygienic conditions in order to prevent the spread of infection amongst customers and those employed in the industry.
You will need to ensure that your procedures, equipment and facilities are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you run an electrolysis hair removal business without having a valid electrolysis licence.