What is a Massage and Special Treatment Licence
Under the London Local Authorities Act 1991 all premises (commercial or private address) offering special treatments must have a massage and special treatment licence.
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These services include the following:
✅ Body massage
✅ Therapeutic spa baths
✅ Herbal baths
✅ Light treatment such as intense pulse light
✅ Electric treatment
Besides the premises for massage and special treatment having to be licensed, the therapist who provides the treatment also has to be registered with the council that the premise is located in.
The council will only approve people that are appropriately qualified and experienced. Checks are also made to ensure that every qualification certificate received is authentic and checks are also made for any previous criminal convictions against the licence applicant.
Normally premises will be inspected annually by local authorities to ensure health and safety requirements are being met, as well as adequate hygiene facilities.
Your application may be refused for one of the following reasons:
✅ The premises are not suitable and do not reach health and safety standards, including no safe heating, unsatisfactory lighting, lack of sanitation and does not have adequate fire precautions including firefighting equipment and fire escapes.
✅ There is a likelihood of nuisance being caused in the area.
✅ The person who will manage the premises is not fit and proper.
✅ The people giving the treatments are not suitably qualified.
✅ The safety of equipment is not satisfactory.
✅ There is a question as to the safety of the treatment being given.
✅ You have been convicted of particular offenses.
✅ You fail to comply with any legal requirements.
Fines and penalties
It is an offense for any person to administer or advertise the availability of special treatment, without a licence; unless there is an exemption in force. Any person found guilty of an offense may be liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £2,500.
How to apply for a Massage and Special Treatment Licence
Applications must be made via your local council. Each council will have its own application process and some may differ accordingly.
To find out what council you fall under and to begin the application process please visit the Official Government Website.
Once directed on the website, you will be asked to enter your postcode. From here you will be provided the contact details for the relevant governing council.
Cost of Massage and Special Treatment Licence
✅ New Licence application - £430
✅ Licence Renewal - £220