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Skin Piercing Registration

If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or acupuncture you must be registered.


You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practicing skin piercing without being registered or for contravening the relevant Byelaws.

A fee will charged.


If you wish to carry on a skin piercing business (or practice acupuncture) you must register both yourself and your premises with the local authority in which you operate. You can normally only work in registered premises, however, once registered and operating from registered premises you may sometimes visit customers at their request to carryout any of the treatments you are registered for. The requirements for acupuncturists are slightly different. 

A premises is normally defined in law as a "piece of land and the buildings thereon". We cannot, therefore, legally register mobile skin piercing activities (e.g. adapted vans, trailers, tents or stalls). The legislation can be found using the link below.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have any necessary planning permission for change of use or comply with any covenants attached to the premises.

Byelaws for Skin Piercing


Acupuncture registration

  • Premises £129.68
  • Person practising Acupuncture £63.00

Tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic-piercing, electrolysis registration

  • Premises £129.68
  • Person carrying on the business £63.00

Apply using word forms and paying by phone

Please email your completed form to 

Payment will be made by telephone so please include your contact telephone detail in the email so that an officer can call you to take a card payment.

Apply and make payment online through website