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The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended, requires that the operator undertaking the following types of skin piercing treatments to be registered:

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

Registration covers 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 and an inspection is carried out by an Environmental Health Officer to ensure the byelaws are met.

If you currently hold a skin piercing registration and would like to apply for an additional skin piercing activity, then a new application is required. Similarly, if you wish to practice a body piercing activity at a different premise, then a new application is also required.

The timescale for determining this registration will be 28 days following the date of receipt of an acceptable and complete application.


Last updated: 9th May 2017