Any person carrying on the business of tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring, ear piercing, body or skin piercing must be registered with us.


You can register your business or change your licence type by applying online. You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practising without a registration in this field.

Any tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring, ear piercing, body or skin piercing business can only be carried out in premises that are also registered.

If you are practising at a premises already registered then you only need to register yourself as a practitioner

It is an offence under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to undertake tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or acupuncture if the premises and operators are not registered.


The costs to register your business premises are:

  • acupuncture: £270 for the premises and £55 for each operator
  • cosmetic piercing, semi-permanent skin colouring, electrolysis and tattooing: £270 for the premises and £55 for each operator
  • the fee to add or remove an operator is £15

Application Process

The premises will be inspected by Health and Safety Enforcement Officers to ensure that our skin-piercing byelaws and health and safety requirements are being complied with. We have adopted byelaws that set out the standards for the hygienic operation of skin piercing premises. If you carry out skin piercing, you must comply with these byelaws.

If you require any advice or information regarding the standards and byelaws required please contact our Health and Safety Enforcement Officers on 0114 2735774 or email

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. We aim to process all applications for skin piercing within 28 days. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting your application, please contact us.



Where a registered person is found guilty of a contravention of a byelaw, the Court, instead of, or in addition to imposing a fine, may order the suspension or cancellation of a registration. If a registration is suspended or cancelled by a Court the registration holder may appeal to the Crown Court.

We are a part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area. For full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states from the European Commission.

Contact Licensing Team

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01142734264 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Block C
Staniforth Road Depot
S9 3HD

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