You need to be registered to carry out:

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

The registration is 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.

How to apply

Please complete and return the relevant application form in the downloads section with the required fee.

What happens next?

An inspector will visit the premises to assess the procedures and the premises.

Please note any information you provide for your registration will be shared with Business Rates.