Hairdressing and special treatments


Complete our online hairdresser/barber registration form. There is no charge.

Once you have completed the registration process you will have to download and display your certificate at your premises.

Acupuncture, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring and tattooing

Complete our online application form.

You will register your premises and every operator, for each form of special treatment you perform. You have to register if you provide a mobile service.

You must be registered at every premises you work at.

You will have to register to provide treatments at an event in Reading. Once you have registered you won’t need to re-register if you return for other events in the future.

Registration fees
Service Charge
Registration of premises (including one operator) £268
Each additional operator £46
Replacement of operator certificate £31

Once we have received your application we will send you your registration certificate and a copy of the bylaws. You can start to trade when you have received and displayed your certificate and the bylaws.

We cannot refuse to register a premises or operator but we will inspect your premises to make sure they meet the required standards. If you are in breach of the bylaws or the Health and Safety at Work Act and you fail to act on advice we give you, we can take legal action. This could result in the Magistrates Court withdrawing your registration.

It is an offence to tattoo someone under the age of 18.

If you lose your certificate you can apply for a replacement – at a small cost. If you have changed your name and want to amend your certificate, you should contact the Food and Safety Team on 0118 937 3787 or


Acupuncture Bylaws

Cosmetic Piercing Bylaws

Electrolysis Bylaws

Semi Permanent Skin Colouring Bylaws

Tattooing Bylaws

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