Massage and Special Treatment

Under the Nottinghamshire County Council Act 1985, the Council has powers to licence premises that provide 'massage or special treatments, and to regulate those who practice such treatments.

Each premises is subject to an annual inspection to ensure that conditions at those premises meet hygiene and health and safety requirements. Nottinghamshire Police are notified of all new licence applications where body massage takes place.

Besides the requirement of premises for special treatment to be licensed, the practioner who provides the treatment also has to be registered with the Council. Treatments are given by persons who are approved by the Council. The Council will only approve people that are appropriately qualified and experienced. Checks are also made to ensure that every qualification certificate received is authentic and checks are also made for any previous criminal convictions against the licence applicant.

It is an offence for any person to administer or advertise the availability of a special treatment without a licence unless there is an exemption in force. Any person found guilty of an offence may be liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £2,500.00

How to apply

To apply for a Massage or Special Treatment Licence or to apply for a tanning / sauna only licence, you must complete and return the appropriate application form with the fee to the council offices.

For Massage and Special Treatment Licence you will need to also provide.

  • photographs of all practioners (signed and dated) that carry out the licensable activities.
  • original certificates for all practioners that are carring out the licensable activities.
  • The relevant fees.

Application forms can be obtained from the links below:

Massage or Special Treatment (MST) licence application

New MST application form 

Transfer an existing MST business to a new operator of the premises application form

Renewal MST application form

To Transfer an existing MST Licence - please contact us directly.

Tanning or Sauna only licence application

Tanning or Sauna application form (for new and renewal applications)

Or, application forms can be obtained from the licensing section of Ashfield District Council.

What happens next?

Once your completed application has been received with the appropriate fee, documentation and photographs (for the Massage or Special Treatment Licence) we will evaluate your application. In the case of Massage or Special Treatment Licences a copy of your completed application form will be sent to the Nottinghamshire Police for comments.

Online application

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. For a new Massage and Special Treatment application after forty working days, providing the authority has received application forms, photos, references, relevant fees. Also required within the forty working days are a Nottinghamshire Police PNC check and a  satisfactory inspection of the premise by a Environmental Health Officer.  For renewal applications all relevant documents and must be supplied to the authority before the expiry date of the licence, after which a Nottinghamshire Police PNC check and a satisfactory inspection of the premise by a Environmental Health Officer will follow.

Apply for a massage or special treatment licence

Tell us about a change to your existing massage or special treatment premises

Apply to renew a massage or special treatment licence

Trade Associations 

British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC)

Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)

British Association of Skin Camouflage

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP)


For further information and advice, please contact the Licensing Team.