Special treatment licences

Health, beauty, tattoo and piercing licences

If you run a salon for health and beauty treatments or run a tattoo or piercing shop in Redbridge, you need a licence. This is known as a special treatment licence, it covers:

  • massages & facials
  • manicures & pedicures
  • electrolysis
  • electrical treatments
  • laser treatment
  • light treatments - infrared and UV tanning
  • acupuncture
  • chiropody
  • body piercing & beading
  • cosmetic piercing
  • tattooing
  • bath & vapour treatments
  • metamorphic technique

You must apply for an annual licence, which should be renewed each year.  You need a licence for the premises and the person carrying out the treatment. It is illegal to operate or advertise special treatments without first obtaining a licence from us.



To apply for an individual or personal licence you must meet the following criteria:

  • must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises applied for within the last 12 months, unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal
  • must not have been convicted of an offence under Part II of the London Local Authorities Act 1991 within a period of 5 years must declare any spent or unspent convictions

To apply for a company licence you must:

  • be an incorporated company in the UK
  • declare whether persons involved in the company have any spent or unspent convictions
  • must not have been convicted of an offence under Part II of the London Local Authorities Act 1991 within a period of 5 years

We must give written consent if you wish to employ or work with anyone who has been convicted of indecent or violent crimes

We normally inspect all premises before granting a licence.


Licence display

If you are applying for a new special treatments licence you must advertise your application by placing a poster on the premises and advertising in a local newspaper.

On the date on which an application is made for a licence must display a notice in a place where it can easily be seen and read by anyone on the street or in nearby public places. You must display the notice for 28 days.

If the notice is defaced, damaged or missing, you must display a new notice a further 28 days.

You must complete and send us a display notice declaration when you first put the notice up.



Please read the guidance notes (PDF 404KB) and complete all relevant documents for your application. We aim to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation at all times. To see how we handle personal information, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Notice.  

If you are not sure which documents you need to complete please licensing.authority@redbridge.gov.uk


Renew your licence

You must renew your licence every year, please use the forms below


Change your licence

To vary or change your licence you must use the forms below.


Transfer your licence

To transfer your premises licence you must use the forms below.


Piercing posters

You can use these posters to display at premises licensed for piercing.



If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so to the local Magistrates' Court. Appeals must be made within 21 days of the date you received notification of the decision in writing. Magistrates' Court decisions can be appealed to the Crown Court.

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