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Licence Directory - Massage and Special Treatment

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Massage and Special Treatment License

Under the Essex Act 1987, you need a licence for any property where the following treatments are offered:

  • massage or chiropody
  • electric treatment, radiant heat, light (including UV) or electric vapour treatment
  • laser treatment
  • sauna or other baths for therapeutic treatments
  • or any similar treatment.

Conditions of the Licence

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • You will need to have a police record check (spent convictions are not taken into account).
  • You must follow the Schedule of Conditions so that the licence issued remains valid. You can find this in the related downloads section.
  • You must pay the fee for the application in full.
  • This licence will run from the 1st April to the 31st March the following year.
  • If your property offers massage or special treatment without a licence you will be guilty of an offence and may be charged with a fine not exceeding Level 4 on the standard scale. Essex Act 1987, Section 18(1)(a).
  • If you issue, publish or display an advertisement relating to a company for massage or special treatment that is not licensed, you will be guilty of an offence and may have to pay a fine of up to £1000 and a daily fine of up to £40.


You may not need a licence if:

  • you hold medical qualifications or membership (e.g. osteopaths or physiotherapist)
  • you only offer face or scalp massage
  • the premises is a registered hospital or nursing home.

Please check with us for more precise exemptions.

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