Acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, electrolysis
You must be registered to practice any of the following types of cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring:
- Ear piercing
- semi-permanent skin colouring
If you work from a premises, the premises must also be registered.
Apply for a tattooing, acupuncture, piercing or electrolysis licence
Fee and process for acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, or electrolysis licence
The fees are:
- £180.25 for premises and
- £133.57 per practitioner
We will arrange to carry out an inspection of the premises to check hygiene compliance before deciding if a certificate of registration will be given.
Byelaws covering skin piercing and cosmetic treatments
We have adopted byelaws to secure the hygienic operation of these activities. Copies are available to view or download from the downloads section on the right of this page. For further guidance please download the: