Hairdressers and Barbers

To own or run a hairdressing or barbers business in Wigan Borough, you need to register under the Greater Manchester Act 1981.

Public register

There is no legal requirement for us to keep a public register. Please contact us if you want to know whether a hairdressers or barbers is registered.

How to apply

There is no fee for this application. We will write to you to confirm your application and issue a certificate of registration.

This registration is valid until you cancel it or the business ceases to exist.

Once a registration has been issued you must comply with the appropriate byelaws. As a legal requirement, you must prominently display a copy of your certificate and the byelaws on the premises.

How long will my application take?

We aim to determine applications within 28 days from receipt of a completed application.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Yes, you can act as though your application has been granted if you do not hear from us within a reasonable period. However you are advised to contact us to confirm your registration has been granted.


Please contact us in the first instance.

Change of Circumstances

You must notify us of any change of circumstances in relation to your registration. This includes the surrendering of a registration.

What happens if you do not comply?

You may be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of no more than £200.

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