Beauty treatments and premises licence

You need to register with us if you're based in Harlow and offer any of the following services:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing or semi-permanent skin colouring
  • ear or body piercing
  • electrolysis

If you work from a premises, this also needs to be registered.

You need to register to make sure that you meet basic health and safety standards and comply with our byelaws:


To apply for a licence, you will need to:

Once we receive your application, we will send you a certificate of registration.

We may also inspect your premises to make sure you are operating safely.

You do not need to renew your licence each year. It will be valid unless you surrender it or we revoke it.

If we do not grant your licence, you can appeal the decision by writing to us.

If we suspend or cancel your licence you can appeal to the magistrates court.

Contact information

Environmental Health
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
College Square
Harlow CM20 1WG
01279 446111