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Skin piercing registration

Applying for a skin piercing registration

Before applying, please use our pre-application checklist to ensure that you have everything in place so that your application can be dealt with as quickly as possible.


An apprentice will need registration if they are tattooing clients. If they are only practising on fake skin then they do not need one. It is the same application form and cost.

Once the individual has completed their apprenticeship, if evidence of development and experience is provided a full registration can then be issued. This process will come with a small administration fee.

Non-licensed treatments 

Not all treatments need to be licensed, the following treatments you don't need to apply for a licence for: 

  • Botox (botulinum toxin injections)
  • Anti wrinkle injections
  • Cosmetic fillers (dermal fillers)
  • Chemical peels
  • Energy based treatments such as laser hair removal.
  • Micro needling- collagen induction

However, Aesthetics activities, including these may become licensable under the proposed new licensing regime for non-surgical cosmetic procedures as set down in the Health and Care Act 2022, which is currently under consultation. 

For these treatments whilst registration is not required, we advise to be aware of general duties with regard to health and safety, for which there is guidance on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

There is also guidance for safe use in medical, surgical, dental and aesthetic practices, which is available on the Gov.UK website

Registration fees updated 1 April 2024

These are one off fees per individual or premises in the Cheshire West and Chester area. Both registrations are required prior to any operation from a premises.

  • Tattooist premises - £262.50
  • Cosmetic piercing/electrolysis premises - £210
  • Tattooist individual - £205
  • Cosmetic piercing/electrolysis individual - £178.50

Please note: you will need a debit or credit card to make a payment.

Apply for a registration

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy from our triage team by phoning 01244 973708.

You should be contacted by us within 14 days of receipt of your application. We would normally let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt, make sure you apply in plenty of time and allow at least two to three weeks for the inspection to be arranged once you submit your application. If nothing is raised during the premises inspection you will be granted permission to open and start taking bookings from clients.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we process your registration before you can practice or operate in this area. Please contact us if you do not hear from us within a reasonable period.

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