Applying for a skin piercing licence

Before offering skin piercing treatments, including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing, both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with us under Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

We do not licence mobile practitioners, we only licence practitioners working from a registered premises.

All licenced practitioners should keep records of ID/age checks, consent forms, health questionnaires and after care instructions.

How do I apply?

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.

You will need a debit or credit card to make a payment.

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.

Apply for a licence

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

If your application fails please contact us.

Licence fees updated 1 April 2022

  • Tattooist premises - £227
  • Cosmetic piercing/electrolysis premises - £184
  • Tattooist individual - £150
  • Cosmetic piercing/electrolysis individual - £138

Public register or database

Please note: information is correct at time of publication - business names and services are subject to change.

Regulation summary

Consumer complaints

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, further information about making a complaint, can be found on our information for consumers page.

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