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Skin Piercing Registration

Do I require registration?

If you carry out any of the following activities, you and your premises must be registered:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Ear piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring/microblading
  • Permanent tattooing


Registration is not required when skin piercing is carried out by, or under the supervision of, a person who is registered as a medical practitioner (or, in the case of acupuncture only, a dentist).

The injection of Botox and cosmetic filler implants are not classed as skin-piercing activities under the 1982 Act. Note that Botox is a prescription only medicine and can only be administered to a defined patient by a doctor, or by a nurse under the supervision of a doctor.

Hair removal by the use of Class 3B and 4 lasers and/or intense pulsed light sources require registration with the Care Quality Commission.

How do I register?

Click on the link to apply for registration:

To complete your application, you will need to pay a fee. You can find our registration fees here.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has a helpful tattooing and body piercing guidance toolkit that you can download here.

To be registered you and your premises must comply with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII and associated Byelaws.

Registration process

Registration is required for both the person carrying out the skin piercing activity and the premises where the activity is to take place. A one off fee is payable to register the premises and also an operator; additional persons can be added for a supplementary fee.

Upon receipt of the completed application and fee, an officer will make contact with you and a visit will be made to ensure that the conditions specified in the byelaws are met. If the officer is satisfied, a certificate of registration will be issued.

This should be displayed in a prominent position on the premises where the activities take place. Please note that, as well as complying with the byelaws, businesses also have a duty to meet the relevant requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the associated regulations.

Businesses or operators found to be contravening local byelaws may have their registration suspended or cancelled by the courts.

Replacement certificates can be requested free of charge at  You will need to provide your full name as it appears on the certificate, last trading premises details, skin piercing activity and certificate date.

A current copy of the Skin Piercing Policy for businesses can be found here.

Advice to the public

If you’re unsure if an operator offering skin piercing and other special treatments is registered, you can request to see their registration certificate which should be on display, or contact the Council to see if they are included on our register

Concerns about a premises?

You can report concerns about a skin piercing premises on our workplace health and safety page here