Skin Piercing Licence

Regulation summary

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 gives local authorities powers to regulate skin piercing activities. The Council has made byelaws under the Act setting out local requirements.

Byelaws relating to Acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, semi permanent skin colouring (1.41 MB)

Apply online

Apply for a licence to pierce skin

Applying by email or post

Please complete the registration form and post it or email us

Application for Registration to carry on the (practice of acupuncture) business of (tattooing) (cosmetic piercing) (electrolysis) (semi permanent skin colouring) (32 KB) 

What does it cost?

You will need to pay a fee for the premises and for each person who will undertake skin piercing. Please see our Fees and Charges page for details.

What happens next?

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. We will consider your application and arrange to visit your premises.

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a 35 day calendar period, please contact us online if you applied through the GOV.UK website, or using the contact details below.

What happens if something changes?

If you make any changes to your business that relate to the licence, including changes to the premises or the people undertaking skin piercing, you need to tell us so that we can consider if changes to the licence are required.

Tell us about a change affecting your skin piercing registration

Applicant/Licence Holder Redress

If you are unhappy about the way that we have dealt with your application, the Council has a formal mechanism for dealing with such issues. Please see Comments, Compliments & Complaints or call our Customer Service Team on 01462 474000.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If this does not work or do you do not want to contact the trader, please contact us. Where appropriate, you can also obtain advice from Consumer Direct if you are located in the UK or from outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Contact Details

Details of how to contact the team can be found on the Contact Us page.

Other useful contacts

British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC)

British Association of Skin Camouflage

British Institute and Association of Electrolysis

Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists