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Piercing, tattooing, acupuncture and electrolysis


You need to register for a licence with us to provide any of the following treatments:

  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring (includes micro blading)
  • acupuncture
  • cosmetic piercing (body and ear piercing)
  • electrolysis

Registration ensures that businesses carrying out these practices meet with the essential hygiene and health and safety standards.

Make an application

Before you start

You will need:

  • the name and contact details of the applicant(s)
  • the address of the premises where treatments will take place
  • to have read the byelaws for special treatments document
  • a credit or debit card to make the fee payment

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Fees and registration

There is a fee of £320 per application which includes one treatment type. For each extra treatment type there is a fee of £54.50.

If you choose to register for an extra treatment at a later date you will need to pay the full £320 again.

Registration applies in the same way to guest artists where cosmetic piercing, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, electrolysis or acupuncture occurs. Those attending trade fairs or similar events will be determined on a case-by-case basis.