To carry out acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or semi permanent skin colouring both the premises and the person carrying out the work need to be registered with the Council.
Registration is not required if carried out under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner. The purpose of registration is to prevent infection of the person whose skin is pierced. Registered skin piercing personnel and premises must comply with byelaws designed to prevent infection .
You can apply and pay for this licence online. Payment can be made by debit or credit card.
Advice, safe practice guidance and byelaws for operators delivering these services is now available to download. The guidance includes information on basic requirements for safe, clean premises, legal issues, waste disposal, infection control, aftercare advice and at a glance checklist. Appendices within each document also present examples of how a medical history questionnaire, consent form and aftercare advice sheet might be prepared for each of the three treatment areas.
- Advice and safe practice for body piercing [PDF 1097KB]
- Advice and safe practice for micropigmentation [PDF 957KB]
- Advice and safe practice for permanent tattooing [PDF 1269KB]
- Byelaws covering Acupuncture, Tattooing, Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis or Semi Permanent Skin Colouring [PDF 120KB]
Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme
The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme is a voluntary scheme aimed at showing which tattooist in the borough have an outstanding level of hygiene in their premises and practices. A participating premises will be given a rating of between 1 and 4 stars with 4 being the best and highest score. The scheme does not look at the aesthetic quality of the artwork of the tattooists and we advise that customers look at choosing an artist that is both hygienic and can offer the type of artwork they desire.
- Username Licensing
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone 01422 393001 / 393002 / 393131
The Licensing Unit