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: Environmental Health contact form

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

Last updated:‎ ‎18‎/‎07‎/‎2023‎ ‎16‎:‎42‎