The following types of skin piercing need be registered with the Council.

  • acupuncture,
  • tattooing,
  • cosmetic piercing,
  • electrolysis
  • semi permanent skin colouring

The Act requires registration to cover both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for that purpose. There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with byelaws in each case.

The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

It is illegal to conduct the above activities unless the registration has been formally approved. Once an application has been made and a fee has been paid, an inspector will undertake an inspection of the premises. If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved. 

The application forms for each treatment, for both the premises and each person carrying out each treatment can be found on the Downloads tab.

Please note: any information you provide for your registration will be shared with Business Rates who may contact you direct.

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