Hairdresser Licence

If you are looking to open and register a Hairdressing, Hair Salon or Barbering business you may need a Hairdressing Licence.

LICENCE Name

Hairdresser Licence

AUTHORITY

Local council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local council)
ELIGIBILITY 16+ years
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Supply pre-licence documentation

Full name of applicant
Full address of applicant
Full address of premises to be registered
Trading name under which the business is carried on
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What is a Hairdresser Licence?

If you are a business owner and are looking to open a hairdressing, hair salon or barbering business then you may need to register your business with the local council. This is in the form of a Hairdresser Licence.

Registering a hairdressing, hair salon or barbering business with a local council allows the local authority to check that you are following health and safety rules.

You may also need to display a copy of your licence where it can be easily seen by customers and members of the public. The law also requires that a copy of any byelaws made under Section 77 of the Public Health Act 1961 should also be displayed, where applicable.

NOTE -  There is no requirement to register if your business solely involves the provision of hairdressing to people in their homes or in residential accommodation.

What health and safety do you need to follow?

Even if your council doesn’t need you to register for a Hairdressing Licence you will still have to comply with local health and safety laws. These include:

  • making sure your premises are clean, well-lit and properly ventilated
  • taking precautions against infection or contamination
  • making sure your staff work hygienically and use equipment efficiently
  • getting public liability insurance cover

How to apply for a Hairdresser Licence (England)

Hairdresser licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

How to apply for a Hairdresser Licence (Wales)

Hairdresser licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

Any person carrying on a hairdressing or barber
No. There is no requirement to register if your business solely involves the provision of hairdressing to people in their homes or in residential accommodation.
There is no cost to register your hairdressing, hair salon or barbering business with a local council.