Hounslow Council

Massage and special treatment licences

We recommend that you read the Standard Terms and Conditions prior to making an application.

Please note copy of the application form or to renew your application can be obtained on these pages.

Special treatment premises will require a licence, issued by the council, in order to carry out or intend to carry out the following treatments:

  • Massage

  • Manicure/pedicure

  • Acupuncture

  • Tattooing

  • Sauna

  • Cosmetic piercing

  • Light/laser

  • Electric (Ultraviolet light, electrolysis, etc.)

  • Facials

  • Other such similar treatments - a list of which can be downloaded from this page

It is illegal to offer special treatments without a valid Special Treatment licence for the premises.

The licence lasts for one year, from 1 April to 31 March.

Any beautician, manager, franchise or secretary of a company may apply for a Special Treatments licence for the premise.  Identity cards are issued to practitioners who carry out the treatments.

In some instances premises may be exempt from licensing, for example:

  • Medical practitioner duly registered by the General Medical Council and similar persons

  • Premises not being used for gain or reward (i.e. charges not being made or special treatments)

  • Nursing homes and hospitals

A list of those organisations that are exempt from special treatment licensing can be downloaded from this page.

Contact us

Email: healthandsafety@hounslow.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8583 5555
Fax: 020 8583 5044

Health & Safety Team
London Borough of Hounslow
Civic Centre
Lampton Road