Hairdressers registration

About hairdresser registration

Summary of requirements

To run a hairdressing or barbers business within the London Borough of Wandsworth you will need to register with us. There is no requirement to register if your business solely involves the provision of hairdressing to people in their homes or in residential accommodation such as care homes.

You are required to keep a copy of the certificate of registration prominently displayed in your premises. The law also requires that a copy of any byelaws made under Section 77 of the Public Health Act 1961 should also be displayed, where applicable. We have not made any byelaws under Section 77.

Application evaluation process

Before applying for registration you must ensure that you have the necessary planning permission to carry on the business of a hairdresser or barber. A certificate of registration will not be issued where planning permission has not been granted. 

We shall issue a certificate of registration within 14 days of receipt of your application provided you have the necessary planning consent.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. 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.

Contact us

You should contact us if: 

  • your application is refused
  • you have a query about your registration

Consumer complaints about a hairdressing business

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other complaints

If you want to make another type of complaint about the operation of a hairdressing/barber business in Wandsworth, with regard to noise or health and safety etc., you can report it online

European services directive 

If you think that we have not complied with the European services directive by imposing requirements or conditions in respect of your application that are discriminatory, unfair or disproportionate, contact the UK SOLVIT Centre.

Health and safety

Before setting up any business in the UK, you must ensure that it will comply with the relevant health and safety regulations. 

Further information on health and safety.

Trade associations


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