How to apply for a hairdresser or barber's registration

A guide to registration

It is a legal requirement to register with Environmental Health so that you can operate as a hairdresser or barber in our area.

There are two types of registration:

If you work at your own premises, then you must apply for both types of registration.

What happens next?

When we receive your application for a premises, an officer from our Environmental Health (Commercial) Team will arrange to visit your premises. We will provide guidance and ensure adequate standards of hygiene and safety are maintained. Hairdressing can create a risk of bacterial, viral and fungal infections and the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B. 

What must I do?

You must meet the following legal requirements and safe practice guidelines to become registered:

  • Cleanliness of premises
  • Cleanliness of instruments, towels, materials and equipment requirements
  • Operator requirements (cleanliness of person and uniform)
  • The treatment of wounds
  • The use of hairdressing products and chemicals
  • General health and safety requirements

What else do I need to do?

When you receive your registration certificate it must be displayed in a position where it can be seen at all times.

You must have employers liability insurance (if you employ staff) and we recommend you also have public liability insurance.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like further information about the requirements, guidelines and byelaws for hairdresser registration, please contact Environmental Health

The Health and Safety Executive (hse.gov.uk) have information on risk assessment and control of substances hazardous for health (COSHH) essentials for hairdressers.

Last updated:‎ ‎17‎/‎08‎/‎2022‎ ‎11‎:‎56‎