Acupuncture, skin piercing, tattooing and electrolysis business registration

Any premises used for the following types of skin piercing must be registered with us.

  • Acupuncture 
  • Tattooing 
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring
  • Cosmetic skin piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Microblading

The registration covers both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for that purpose.

It is illegal to carry out these activities unless the registration has been formally approved.

For more information about this legislation see: Legislation.gov - (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 - Acupuncture, Tattooing, Ear-Piercing and Electrolysis

There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with the byelaws and health and safety at work legislation in each case. You can only work in the premises where you're licensed.

The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment, and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (see: Legislation.gov - Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974).

Fees

  • Register the premises - £76
  • Proprietor (per person) for ear and nose piercing - £27
  • Proprietors (per person) for electrolysis and acupuncture - £76
  • Proprietors (per person) for tattooing, body piercing, semi-permanent skin colouring and microblading - £124
  • Reissue of skin piercers certificate - £20

Application

  • Once a completed application form and fee has been received, we will acknowledge receipt within 14 days
  • One of our Environmental Health Officers will contact you to arrange to undertake an inspection of the premises. If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises are suitable, then registration will be approved
  • The inspector will want evidence that the procedures, equipment, and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the byelaws
  • If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises are suitable, then registration will be approved
  • Registration usually lasts as long as you intend to work in the premises. You must display a copy of the licence and any byelaws in a prominent place on your premises. If you fail to do so you could be fined

 

Apply to register to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, piercing and/or electrolysis