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How to register for a licence

You are required to apply for a registration for the following:

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

How to apply

If you would like to register you should fill in the cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture and semi permanent skin colouring application form (PDF 24KB / 2 pages).

Return the application form to the licensing group, along with the correct fee:

  • skin piercing and miscellaneous, acupuncture, tattooing & electrolysis, premises registration: £147.66
  • skin piercing and miscellaneous, acupuncture, tattooing & electrolysis, personal registration: £154.88

Once we have received the application, it will be passed on to a health and safety officer and they will contact you to arrange an inspection. They will decide whether to approve registration.

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

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

There are no powers to refuse registration, however, the practice is controlled through compliance with the cosmetic byelaws (PDF 1.6MB / 6 pages).

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

Once the inspection has taken place, you will be able to provide treatment in any business premises registered for that purpose in the district.


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.

Cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis and semi permanent skin colouring

You are required to apply for a personal registration and must be associated with a premises that is registered.

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