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Registration of Skin Piercing Activities and Inspection of Premises

This page provides information about the registration of skin piercing activities within the Borough, including the registration process and links to an application form to download and print.

What is registration?

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires that the following types of skin piercing activities must be registered with the Council:-

  • Acupuncture
  • Tattooing
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring
  • Electrolysis
  • Cosmetic piercing

Registration covers both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for that purpose. There are no powers to refuse registration - practices are controlled through compliance with byelaws.

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

How much will it cost?

A fee is charged on application for each of the following registration activities:-

  1. Registration of premises used for cosmetic piercing (includes body and ear) or and skin colouring. (Includes tattooing, semi permanent make-up, micro pigmentation, electrolysis and acupuncture.) Registration is for one treatment, for example tattooing or ear piercing.
  2. Each operative
  3. Any additional treatments added

To find out how much each registration will cost please refer to the 'Fees and Charges' page of the Council's website. 

How do I register?

Registration involves the completion of an application form.

Make an application

Apply online (opens in a new window)

Download application form

Renew an application

Apply online (opens in a new window)

Download application form

Enforcement

The premises will be inspected as part of the registration process and we will also investigate any complaints of poor practices.

If you require any further information please contact the Food and Safety Team

 


Last updated 4 March 2019

 
 
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