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Skin piercing licence

Information on licence requirements in relation to tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing

Licence summary

To offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing and electrolysis, both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with the local authority. In some areas you may need a licence from the local authority.

Eligibility criteria: Applications must include any information required by the local authority. See application form in related documents at the bottom of this page.

Regulation summary: Summary of regulation relating to skin piercing licence

Application evaluation process: No provision in the legislation

Will tacit consent apply? Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online: Apply for a licence to pierce skin

Failed application redress: Please contact your local authority in the first instance

Licence holder redress: Please contact your local authority in the first instance

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 that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress: E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations: See related links on the right


Personal registration £50.00       Premises registration £103.00


For any licensing enquiries please use the contact details on the left. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

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Related documents

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[515kb] Acupuncture byelaws Acupuncture byelaws
[526kb] Byelaws - Ear-piercing Ear Piercing byelaws
[526kb] Byelaws - Electrolysis Electrolysis Byelaws
[559kb] Byelaws - Tattooing Tattooing Byelaws
[49kb] Skin Piercing application form Skin piercing application form

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.