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To provide body massage, solaria/sunbeds, saunas, therapeutic spa baths, Jacuzzis, herbal baths and/or aromatherapy you will require a licence under the Birmingham City Council Act 1990.
This page tells you about massage and special treatment licences and how to apply.
Under the Birmingham City Council Act 1990 the Council has powers to licence premises that provide "massage and special treatments". This includes treatments such as:
- body massage;
- therapeutic spa baths;
- herbal baths;
Each premises is subject to an annual inspection to ensure that conditions at those premises meet health and safety requirements and have adequate washing and hygiene facilities. The West Midlands Police are required to be notified of all licence applications.
Your application may be refused for one or more of the following reasons:
- the premises are not suitable, don't have safe heating, satisfactory lighting, sanitation, ventilation and don't have adequate fire precautions including firefighting equipment and fire escapes;
- there is a likelihood of nuisance being caused in the area;
- the person who will manage the premises is not fit and proper;
- the people giving the treatments are not suitably qualified;
- the safety of equipment is not satisfactory;
- there is question as to the safety of the treatment being given;
- you have been convicted of particular offences;
- you fail to comply with any legal requirements.
If the premises are situated within Birmingham, applications should be made to the General Licensing Team - see contact us page, and the application process includes:
- displaying a notice continuously, for a period of 21 days beginning with the date of your application on or near the premises and in a place where the notice may conveniently be read at all times by the public passing by;
- providing an electrical certificate that should be signed by a competent electrician certifying the safety of all electrical installations, equipment and electrical apparatus used within the establishment for the purpose of the licence.
The Licensing Authority will take into account any representations made by the Chief Constable regarding your application.
You will be given the opportunity to make representations before your application is determined.
The Birmingham City Council Massage and Special Treatments Form is attached at the bottom of this page.
Once you have completed the application it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:
Online - If you are applying from within a European Member State you can apply on the Government GOV.UK website using the following link
Apply online to Licence Premises for Massage or other Special Treatments
Apply online to Change a Licence for Massage or other Special Treatments
Apply to renew a Premises Licence for massage or other Special Treatments
By Email - Completed applications can be submitted electronically by attaching the completed form and any associated supporting documents to the email@example.com email address.
(Please note that electronic applications submitted by email can only be accepted if there is a scanned signature on the application form).
On receipt of your application by email a Licensing Officer will contact the applicant to acquire payment of the appropriate fee via a debit or credit card.
By Post - Send completed applications to the address as indicated on our contact us page.
Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see - Fees & Charges Schedule) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.
In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown on our contact us page.
Please check the Fees & Charges Schedule page for details of the cost of your application.
Our target for dealing with applications is 28 days. However all applications should be determined within 60 days of receipt of all the information necessary to determine the application.
Tacit Consent - Grounds for Refusal
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with a notice within the target period then the notice can be deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or use the contact us page.
For further advice and guidance please contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
We retain details of Special Treatment Licences which have been granted, for further information contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
Contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
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, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.