Acupuncture, tattooing, piercing and electrolysis

If your business involves acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, semi-permanent skin colouring or electrolysis you must get registered before you start trading


You must register both your business and yourself and any other persons working at the premises.

How much it costs

Registration costs
Acupuncture, electrolysis, or ear piercing£193
Updates to a registration£107


The registration does not expire.

How to apply

Download, complete, and return the application form with payment to the address shown on the form. The form will allow you to register both your business and any persons working at the premises. 

Icon for pdf Apply to register for acupuncture, tattooing, electrolysis or ear piercing [100.15KB]
Icon for pdf Acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis and semi-permanent dye information [207.07KB]

You can also pay by credit or debit card by phoning us on 01303 853660.

What happens next?

We'll get in touch if we need any additional information, otherwise we'll aim to process your application in 5 working days.

Bear in mind that part of processing your application involves consulting with various authorities such as the police, fire service, and environmental health, and in some circumstances they can take up to 28 days to fully review your application and get back to us.

After reviewing the application and receiving positive responses from consultees, we will aim to organise an inspection of the premises in 10 working days.


Our Environmental Health team will inspect your business regularly to make sure it meets health and safety standards.

Let us know about any changes

Keep your registration up to date so it stays valid.

Download, complete, and return the form below to inform us of any changes eg a new member of staff or changes to the names of staff already registered.

Icon for pdf Cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis change form [98.86KB]

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