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This section provides information on the requirements to provide beauty services in Latvia.
The beauty service providers provide services of hairdressing, manicure, pedicure, tattooing, including micropigmentation, permanent make-up, scarification, piercing, cosmetic tanning, pool or sauna, as well as those using manual, physical or chemical methods for the provision of services.
Beauty services are aesthetic body treatments for well-being and entertainment, provided by hairdressers or manicure, pedicure, micropigmentation, sauna or pool service providers, or solving various cosmetic problems, such as skin treatments or preventive procedures, provided by a beauty care specialist (cosmetologist) or cosmetician, who have received higher education in beauty care and are medical practitioners.
Beauty services may be provided by a legal person (employees provide beauty care services in accordance with regulatory enactments) and by a natural person who has registered their economic activities in the State Revenue Service and has notified the Health Inspectorate regarding the commencement of economic activities in beauty. Beauty services are provided by both medical practitioners, i.e. cosmetics and beauty professionals in cosmetology, who address various cosmetic problems, carry out skin handling and preventive procedures, as well as hairdressers, manicure, pedicure, micropigmentation specialists, sauna service provider, etc., who provide aesthetic body procedures for wellbeing and entertainment. Professional qualifications of beauty workers shall be attested by professional education and professional qualification documents recognized by the State. In addition to the educational document, medical practitioners shall also have a medical practitioner certificate issued by the Union of Professional Organisations of Medical Practitioners of Latvia. In addition to the requirements of the regulatory enactments, other specialists working in the sector must also have a valid certificate regarding the acquisition of the education programme "Minimum hygiene requirements specified for the provision of beauty treatment services".
Important! If it is intended to provide multidisciplinary services, it should be noted that it may be necessary to obtain other permits, licenses or approvals.
Information on forms and types of business, as well as forms for carrying out the business activity of a natural person for the commencement of commercial activity in beauty is available in the subsections of the section Starting a business:
To get more information on the notification of the commencement of commercial activity in beauty see section In what cases is it necessary to notify the Health Inspectorate about the start of economic activity?
According to the law "On the Regulated Professions and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications", a cosmetician and beauty care specialist (cosmetologist) are regulated professions for which specific qualification requirements have been specified in regulatory enactments. The required amount of knowledge of a cosmetician or beauty care specialist (cosmetologist) is determined by the Cabiner Regulation No. 268 of 24 March 2009 "Regulation regarding the competence of medical practitioners and students who acquire vocational higher medical education programmes of the first or second level, in medical treatment and the amount of theoretical and practical knowledge of such persons" (Latvian only). Cosmetician and beauty care specialist (cosmetologist) are medical persons and their professional activities are regulated by Medical Treatment Law and other regulatory enactments regulating the field of health care.
The right of a person to perform professional activities in the specialty of cosmetician or beauty care specialist (cosmetologist) is confirmed by the medical practitioner's certificate and registration in the register of medical practitioners. Registration of medical practitioners is carried out by the Health Inspectorate, which website provide Register of medical practitioners and medical support persons (Latvian only).
Legal entities (for example, a limited liability company) pay enterprise income tax.
Natural persons - economic activity performers and individual merchants can choose to pay:
* - Micro-enterprise tax payers have the opportunity to voluntarily use the simplified tax payment solution - the economic activity revenue account (SDI account), which is designed to calculate, withhold and list tax payments from the income obtained in economic activity and automatically transfer tax payments to the unified tax account without the involvement of the taxpayer. SDI account users do not need to submit tax returns, do not need to calculate the amount of tax to be paid and do not need to pay the tax themselves. The tax to be paid will be calculated by the State Revenue Service and the credit institution (or payment and electronic money institution) will automatically credit it to the unified tax account. Currently (starting from 6 October 2022), Industra Bank offers the SDI account solution for economic operators - micro-enterprise tax payers.
Both legal and natural persons performing economic activity pay value added tax, if the total value of the supplies of taxable goods and services rendered during the previous 12 months has exceeded 40,000 euros (except for micro-enterprise taxpayers).
Employers and natural persons - economic operators also have to pay state social insurance contributions.
Information about registration of a business unit can be found in subsection 2. Registration of a business unit of the section Conduct of business.
It is also necessary to inform the Health Inspectorate about the registration of the business unit (see the section In what cases is it necessary to notify the Health Inspectorate about the start of economic activity?).
Health care (Health Inspectorate of Latvia).
Notification of the commencement of economic activity must be submitted to the Health Inspectorate by all economic operators whose activity is related to beauty services (using manual, physical or chemical methods) cosmetic tanning, manicure, pedicure, hairdresser, sauna, swimming pool, as well as tattooing, scarification, permanent make-up, micropigmentation and piercing services, including provision of services including if the provision of services is related to traveling to the client (providing mobile beauty services) or at one's place of residence, or temporary provision of services.
Attention! The commencement of economic activity shall not be notified by those beauty service providers who provide medical manicure, medical pedicure, podologist or medical massage services, the operation of which must comply with the requirements of the regulatory enactments regulating the field of medical treatment.
If there have been changes in the notified information (for example, the name, surname or company of the service provider has changed, or the address of service provision has changed, the type of service provided), then the service provider must notify the Health Inspectorate of the changes within 14 days.
After submitting the notification, information about the beauty service provider is published on the website of the Health Inspectorate "List of Beauty Care Service Providers" (Latvian only), which is updated twice a month.
Notification (see Annex of the Cabinet Regulation) to the Health Inspectorate about the start of economic activity, including temporary services in the field of beauty, it is possible to submit:
Beauty care service providers who want to make sure that the selected building or premises meet the hygiene requirements can apply at Health Inspectorate for a permit, opinion or assessment on the hygienic assessment of the building or premises. Individual opinions, evaluations are a charge service. If the service is charged, you will be informed about the period of time you have to make a payment of received e-invoice when you complete your application. Obtaining a permit, opinion or assessment for the assessment of the building or premises is not a mandatory requirement.
Application for authorization, opinion or assessment of the Health Inspectorate is possible to submit:
Cabinet Regulation No. 24 of 11 January 2022 "Public service price list of Health Inspection charges" (Latvian only).
Information on hiring employees can be found in subsection 5. Recruitment of employees of the section Starting a business.
The employer, when assessing the professional suitability of the potential applicant, should be guided by what kind of beauty care or medical services are offered to clients.
Additional requirements that the employer must meet when hiring:
Information about labour protection requirements can be found in subsection 6. Labour protection of the section Starting a business.
The provision of various beauty services must comply with the hygiene and epidemiological safety requirements which, in conformity with the type of operation of the service, are governed by regulatory enactments.
Hygienic and epidemiological safety requirements to be ensured by hairdresser, manicure and pedicure service providers and those who use manual, physical and chemical methods to provide services have been established in Cabinet Regulation No. 631 of 9 October 2018 "Hygiene Requirements for the Provision of Beauty Treatment Services".
Providers of tattooing, including micropigmentation, permanent make-up, scarification and piercing services must ensure the hygiene and epidemiological safety requirements that have been established in Cabinet Regulation No. 182 of 14 April 2015 "Regulation Regarding Hygiene Requirements for the Provision of Tattooing and Piercing Services and Special Requirements for Tattooing Products".
Cosmetic tanning service providers must ensure the hygiene and epidemiological safety requirements that have been established in Cabinet Regulation No. 13 of 15 January 2019 "Requirements for the Provision of Cosmetic Tanning Service".
Pool or sauna service providers must ensure hygiene and epidemiological safety requirements that have been established in Cabinet Regulation No. 470 of 28 July 2020 "Hygiene requirements for pool and sauna services".
Attention! All beauty service providers must also ensure the epidemiological safety requirements specified in other regulatory enactments.
Employers, as well as self-employed persons and employees in the workplace must comply with and ensure fire safety requirements laid down in Fire Safety and Fire-fighting Law, Cabinet Regulation No. 238 of 19 April 2016 "Fire Safety Regulations", construction standards, and other regulatory enactments.
The owner or manager of the building shall be responsible for fire protection in the installation, if it is provided for in the management contract, but the tenant (tenant) or another user shall be responsible for fire safety in the leased or used building, if provided for in the contract. On the other hand, the owner (possessor) or manager of the building, structure or parts thereof for the operation of the public fire safety engineering systems and equipment in conformity with the requirements of the technical regulations and regulatory enactments regulating fire safety of the manufacturer shall be responsible for the operation of the building, building or parts thereof, if it is provided for in the management contract.
The person responsible for fire safety shall, at the place of supply of beauty services, ensure, for example, compliance with the following fire safety requirements:
A person may perform a fire safety instruction, fire safety briefing and practice, fire hydrants and an internal fire-fighting water outlet test:
The economic operator uses a cash register, hybrid cash register, cash register system, specialized device or equipment (hereinafter referred to as cash register) to register taxes and other payments. To start using the cash register, the economic operator must:
Attention! The cash register may not be used by issuing receipts registered with the State Revenue Service at the customer's request, in the following cases:
In order to receive receipts registered with the State Revenue Service, it is necessary:
The service provider has the right to place an advertisement related to economic or professional activity in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactment.
If it is intended to place an advertisement or advertising object in public places, or in a place facing a public place, it is necessary to obtain the approval of the relevant municipality in whose administrative territory the advertisement or advertising object is intended to be placed. In order to receive approval, the municipality needs to submit an advertising or advertising object project, which consists of:
If it is intended to place a mobile advertisement, in addition to the specified documents that must be submitted for approval of the advertisement or advertisement object, it is necessary to submit information on:
If it is intended to place the advertising object in a public place, or in a place facing a public place, without being attached to the ground, in addition to the specified documents that must be submitted to receive the approval of the advertisement or advertising object, it is necessary to submit:
If it is intended to place an advertising object in a public place, or in a place facing a public place, with an attachment to the ground, in addition to the specified documents, which must be submitted to receive the approval of the advertisement or advertising object, it is necessary to submit:
If it is intended to place an advertisement not mentioned in the regulatory enactments in a public place, or in a place facing a public place, in addition to the specified documents, which must be submitted to receive the approval of the advertisement or advertising object, it is necessary to submit a written confirmation by the advertiser that the written consent of the building, land owner, possessor or their authorized person for placing the advertisement has been received, if it is intended to be placed on real estate belonging to other persons.
If it is intended to place a poster on a poster pole or stand owned by the municipality, it is necessary to submit:
If it is intended to place a network advertisement in a public place, or in a place facing a public place, it is necessary to conclude a contract for the placement of network advertising with the municipality, which determines the procedure for paying the municipal fee, the procedure for informing about the placed advertisements, the term of the contract, the conditions for terminating the contract, including unilateral right to withdraw from the contract, the rights and obligations of the co-signers, the co-signers' responsibility for non-fulfilment of the contract, dispute resolution procedures, as well as other conditions that do not contradict the provisions of the regulatory enactments.
It is possible to apply for approval for the placement of the mentioned advertising or advertising objects, or mobile advertising:
Attention! In cases where an advertisement or an advertising object is intended to be placed on a cultural monument protected by the state, the municipality has the right to request the approval of the State Inspection for the Protection of Cultural Monuments for the placement of an advertisement or an advertising object. The State Inspectorate for the Protection of Cultural Monuments has the right to refuse the placement of an advertisement or an advertising object, or to coordinate their placement with conditions.
If an advertising object or an information object is intended to be placed along roads that are owned by the state, it is necessary to obtain the approval of the state-owned limited liability company "Latvijas Valsts ceļi" (Latvian State Roads). To receive the agreement, it is necessary to submit:
The mentioned documents can be submitted:
If the object of advertising or information is intended to be placed along roads belonging to a private person, which are not state property, it is necessary to obtain the permission of the owner of the road or a person authorized by him, as well as the approval of Latvian State Roads. In order to receive permission from the owner of the road or his authorized person for the placement of an advertising or information object, the owner of the road or his authorized person must submit:
Attention! In advertisement for a beauty service it is prohibited to advertise tobacco products, herbal smoking products, electronic smoking devices and refill containers. In addition to the above, in advertisement of cosmetic tanning services it is prohibited to promote human health benefits from the use of ultraviolet radiation equipment and general exposure to ultraviolet radiation, including vitamin D synthesis. At the same time, the advertisement of the cosmetic tanning service must state the information that the service is provided to an adult and that excessive use of ultraviolet radiation equipment is harmful to human health.
If music is to be played at the place of service provision (radio, TV, CD, etc.), it is necessary to receive Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency / Latvian Authors Association (AKKA/LAA) permit, as well as the need to enter into a contract with Latvian Performers’ and Producers’ Association (LaIPA). The payment will have to be made after receiving permission from AKKA/LAA, as well as when concluding a contract with LaIPA.
Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency / Latvian Authors Association
Academic Information Centre
Ministry of Economics
Ministry of Education and Science
Ministry of Welfare
Union of Professional Organisations of Medical Practitioners of Latvia (Latvian only)
Latvian Performers' and Producers’ Association
Latvian Association of Large Cities (Latvian only)
Latvian Association of Local Governments
Ministry of Justice
State-owned limited liability company "Latvijas valsts ceļi" (Latvian State Roads)
State Labour Inspectorate
State Revenue Service
State Fire and Rescue Service
Health Inspectorate of Latvia
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
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