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Acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, electrolysis

You must be registered to practice any of the following types of cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring:

  • Acupuncture
  • Ear piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing
  • 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

Fees for an acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, or electrolysis licence

  • £227 for premises and
  • £169 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:

For further guidance read: