Apply for a treatment licence

Anyone wishing to offer massages and other treatments at premises within the borough needs to hold a licence. 

Special treatments include UV tanning, sauna, manicure, pedicure, electrolysis, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture and tattooing.

Costs for this service

Costs for treatment licences vary depending on the type of treatment.

Annual fees for 2019 - 2020

Fees for grant and renewal of licences

Licence Cost
Tattooing and/or body piercing £765

All other treatments including:

  • massage
  • sauna
  • nail
  • beauty
  • water
  • electrical treatments


Fees for transfer and variation of 1991 Act licences

Item Cost
Transfer licensee or alter person in control, other than licensee £211
Duplicate licence £94
One-day event £233


Licence variation fees for practitioner (during licence period)

Item Cost
Add a new practitioner £65
New treatment to be offered on the premises £65

What you need to know...

The licence must cover the premises and everyone offering treatments. To carry out treatments without a current licence is illegal.

You must still have an annual licence under the 1991 act if your premises held:

  • a massage or special treatment licence
  • a cosmetic skin piercing registration under previous legislation.

Do it online 

Apply to licence premises for massage or other treatments