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Licence summary

To run a hairdressing business you may need to register with your local authority and comply with the health and safety legislation.

You will be required to have a copy of the certificate of registration and copies of the byelaws of your local authority displayed in your premises.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in the legislation.

Application evaluation process

No provision in the legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Make a hairdresser registration

Read the instructions for online applicants.

Failed application redress

Please contact the Licensing team in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact the Licensing team in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, the Consumer page at Citizens Advice website will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

For example, about noise or pollution. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations

Contact the Licensing Team

If you have any questions or comments please contact Licensing


Regulatory Services Partnership
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3969
Fax: 020 8891 7713

Updated: 03 August 2022

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