Hairdressing Registration

When is registration required for hairdressing?

Any person wishing to carry on business as a hairdresser/barber in South Staffordshire must register the business with South Staffordshire Council.

The registration covers the business at that address, although a registered person may occasionally operate at another premises. There is a requirement for re-registration if a business moves or changes hands. The registration can either be in the name of the business so that all operators are covered or in the name of an individual so only that person is covered.

Regulation summary

The Staffordshire Act 1983 requires anyone carrying on the business of a hairdresser or barber in the district of South Staffordshire - whether at a salon or mobile, to register both the people and premises involved.

For further information, please download a copy of the byelaws.

What do I need to know and what are the risks?

Hairdressers need to be registered to ensure the cleanliness of premises and the equipment used by a hairdresser or barber and to minimise the risk of transmission of infection during such activities. Hairdressers are particularly at risk of developing dermatitis and it is important that precautions are in place to prevent it.

How much does registration cost?

Registration for hairdressing is free.

How long does registration last?

Registration lasts for the lifetime of the business, providing there are no changes to the names or addresses of the registered person.

Where the business changes hands, any new proprietor must register the premises in his or her name.

Conditions of registration

Once registered you will be required to have a copy of the certificate of registration on display in your premises.

How can I apply?

You can download, complete and return an application form or apply on-line.

Application process

When you have applied for registration an authorised officer will visit the premises to check that the salon (including the furniture and fittings) is kept clean, that all equipment is in good repair and is regularly sterilised and that toilets and hot water for hand washing are provided.

Following the officers visit you will be sent a written report. If standards in the salon are satisfactory you will be issued a Registration Certificate which must be displayed on the premises.

Will tacit consent apply?

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

You must re-register if the business moves or changes hands. Where the business changes hands, any new proprietor must register the premises in his or her name.

Where can I get more information?

More information on hairdressing is available from:

  • The Hair and Beauty Industry Association (HABIA)
  • The Health and Safety Executive hairdressing information
  • National Hairdressers' Federation
  • Guild of Hairdressers
  • Hairdressing Council



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