You do not require a licence or registration in order to offer massage or similar therapeutic treatments in Newcastle.

(Note that certain skin-piercing treatments do require registration. Click here for further information on our webpage - Tattooing, Ear-Piercing, Electrolysis & Acupuncture.)

You must, however, ensure compliance with health & safety legislation, which places a general duty on you to ensure the health & safety of both yourself and your clients. This relates to the range of general risks which may be present in your premises, as well as any risks which might foreseeably arise from the treatments you carry out.

Information and guidance

More tailored health & safety information and best practice guidance on a range of therapeutic treatments (including massage) may be found in the priced publication , 'Body Art, Cosmetic Therapies and Other Special Treatments' (CIEH/Barbour Index). Available from Chadwick House Publishing Group at:

Chadwick House Publishing Group, Chadwick Court, 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ. Phone: 0207 9286006, website:

If you have any query regarding this topic, please contact us:

Health and Safety Service, Public Safety & Regulation, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: (0191) 2116102. Email:

Page last updated: 
25 December 2016
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