Acupuncture, tattoo and skin piercing licences


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 .

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You can apply and pay for this licence online. Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

Acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis licence application

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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.

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.

How does it work?

To be part of the scheme the owner of the tattoo business will be required to complete an application and pay a fee. They will be required to have a visit by an inspecting officer who will give them a rating based on the rating schedules. They will then get certificate and a window sticker that display their score and they will also be listed on the database that the public have access to via our website. The rating will last for 3 years at which point they will then have to apply to be rated again.

If a premises would like to be rerated they can apply again after three months from their initial inspection and pay a fee.

How to apply?

To apply for the scheme an application needs to be submitted to the licensing department either by post with a cheque to:

Licensing Unit

Town Hall

Crossley Street



Or by email to Payment can then be made over the phone by credit/debit card.

The fee for a 3 year rating is £30.


  • Username Licensing
  • Email
  • Telephone 01422 393001 / 393002 / 393131
  • Address
    The Licensing Unit
    Calderdale MBC
    Town Hall
    HX1 1UJ


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