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How to register for a licence

You must get a licence for the following:

  • cosmetic piercing
  • tattooing
  • electrolysis
  • acupuncture
  • semi permanent skin colouring

How to register

To register please fill in the cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture and semi permanent skin colouring application form (PDF/24KB/2 pages).

Licensing fees and charges 2017 to 2018 (DOC/23KB/3 pages)

You should return your application form with the relevant fee to the licensing group.  

Registering information

You must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are:

  • safe
  • hygienic
  • prevent the spread of disease
  • follow general health and safety rules

An inspector will visit the premises once you have applied. They will decide whether to approve registration.


Both the operator (the person giving the treatment) and the business premises must be separately registered with us.

(One application will cover both registrations where the applicant is both the proprietor of the premises and operator. In this case only one fee will be charged.)

Cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis and semi permanent skin colouring

There is no requirement for the operator to be registered and an operator employed by the proprietor of a registered business does not need to be registered within the district.

If you are self employed and giving treatment in a registered business premises for which you are not the proprietor then you will need to apply.

Once registered

You will be able to provide treatment in any business premises registered for that purpose in the district.

There are no powers to refuse registration.

However, the practice is controlled through compliance with the cosmetic byelaws (PDF/1MB/6 pages) in each case.

The inspector will check you are following the byelaws, as well as ensuring general health and safety rules.