Establishing and Operating a Hairdresser or a Barber Shop
In order to establish and operate a hairdresser or a barber shop in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain the licence for the operation of a hairdresser or barber shop by the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry.
The term “hairdresser” refers to the suitably arranged area where a hairdresser offers the services described by the hairdresser’s or barber’s definition respectively and fulfills all the hygienic conditions imposed by the competent health authorities on the Ministry of Health or the relevant Municipal Council.
The term ‘barber’ refers to the person who is engaged in cutting, washing and hairdressing and/or the shaving of men.
Who is Eligible
Every physical person or legal entity is eligible to obtain a licence for the operation of a hairdresser or barber shop, provided that the Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar is satisfied that the following criteria are met:
- The hairdresser or barber shop will be established and operate in an independent and autonomous area, specially arranged;
- A town planning permit relevant to the usage as a hairdresser or barber shop has been obtained;
- The hairdresser or barber shop will be managed by registered hairdresser or barber respectively, holder of Professional Licence;
- The hairdresser or barber shop fulfills the relevant health conditions (see Registering of hairdressers and Barbers Regulations in related links).
Where to Apply
The application for the registration of hairdresser’s or barber’s premises can be submitted directly to the competent authority:
Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar
Panagron 1a (Industrial Area),
2540 Dali, Nicosia
Tel: +357 22468314/ +357 77778838
Fax: +357 22468315
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- Copy of hairdressing/barber shop architectural plans;
- Copy of certificate of registration (in case of legal entities);
- Copy of town planning permit or;
- Copy of town planning permit – conversion of usage (in cases where the hairdressing/barber shop operates inside the applicant’s house or in a building block).
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
Licence fee of €80 must be paid upon approval (payable either by cash, cheque or bank transfer).
The applicant is informed regarding the authorization decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The licence is valid infinitely and does not need to be renewed.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such a decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated. However, such a revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Registration of Hairdressers and Barbers Law of 2003 (28 (I) / 2003)
- The Registration of Hairdressers and Barbers Regulations (in the “Applications & Documents”)
What are my Obligations
Licensed hairdresser and barber shops are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Registration of Hairdressers and Barbers Law and Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to comply with the following:
- The licence should be posted in a conspicuous place within each licensed hairdresser or barber shop;
- A sign should be posted in a conspicuous place within each licensed hairdresser or barber shop indicating the full name of the hairdresser or barber with the phrase “registered hairdresser” or “registered barber” respectively.
The Cyprus Council of Hairdressers and Barbers Registrar has the authority to assign to its officer or officers (referred to as Inspectors) the duty to conduct inspections for compliance or efficient application of the the provisions of the current Law or the Regulations issued under the Law. Health inspections of Hairdresser Shops/Barber Shops are conducted by Health inspectors assigned by the Public and Health Services of the Ministry of Health or the Municipalities in which they operate for that matter.