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

Apply online

Fee and process for acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, or electrolysis licence

The fees are:

  • £187.54 for premises and
  • £138.96 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:

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB