Electrolysis Licence

If you want to carry out electrolysis hair removal, you must have an electrolysis licence that has been granted by the local authority in the area from which you operate from.


Electrolysis Licence


Local Authority

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £150.00
VALID FOR Indefinitely

Application for Electrolysis Licence

Personal registration: £90 - £100
Premises registration: £150.00 - £205

Applications to be made via local council

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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 an electrolysis licence with your local authority.


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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.


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.



Eligibility Criteria

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.



Yes. You must display a copy of your electrolysis licence on your premises. If you fail to do so you could be fined.
No. You can only work in the area where you’re licensed. If you are moving to another area in the UK to work you will need to contact the local council of that area.
If the local authority has not made a decision within 12 months of receiving your application then your licence will be assumed as granted. However, please check with the local authority that you are applying with as this can vary depending on the local authority.
Yes. Electrolysis hair removal businesses are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their electrolysis licence on display at all times.

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