Apply for this licence
Check with your local council to find out if you need to register to run a business as a hairdresser or barber in England.
You may have to register with your local council so that they can check you’re following health and safety rules. They may charge you a fee and inspect your premises before they give you a certificate of registration.
If you do need to register, you’ll need to display a copy of your certificate where it can be easily seen by your customers. Your council will also tell if you need to display a copy of any local byelaws.
Health and safety
Even if your council doesn’t need you to register, you’ll still have to comply with local byelaws relating to:
- making sure your premises are clean, well lit and properly ventilated
- taking precautions against infection or contamination
- making sure your staff work hygienically and use equipment efficiently
- getting public liability insurance cover