Tattooing, electrolysis and skin piercing

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Tattooing, electrolysis and skin piercing

To offer skin piercing treatments in the Rother area you must apply to us for a Licence. Skin piercing includes ear piercing, tattooing, electrolysis and acupuncture and both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be licensed.

Regulation summary

A Summary of Skin Piercing Regulation has been produced by the National Archives.

We have also produced our own byelaws for skin piercing:

pdf icon Byelaws relating to Acupuncture [92kb]

pdf icon Byelaws relating to Piercing [133kb]

pdf icon Byelaws relating to Tattooing [159kb]

pdf icon Byelaws relating to Semi Permanent Skin Colouring [143kb]

Application process and fees

A fee of £250 is payable for the registration of a skin piercing premises. A reduction of 50% (£125) is charged for a transfer of a skin piercing premises registration.  

A fee of £90 is payable for a personal registration to pierce skin. A reduction of 50% (£45) is available where the person can provide a certificate of registration with another local authority.

For new applications only, applicants may pay 5% less when making an application. If you do, you would then be invoiced for this amount plus £20 for the additional administration cost, when the licence has been issued.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply to skin piercing.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

How to apply

You can apply for a Personal Skin Piercing licence in writing by downloading our pdf icon Application Form for a Personal Licence Piercing Licence [156kb] and returning it to us, with the correct fee, at the address below.

You can apply for a Premises Skin Piercing licence in writing by downloading our pdf icon Application Form for a Premises Skin Piercing Licence [73kb] and returning it to us, with the correct fee, at the address below.

Because skin piercing is covered by the European Services Directive, you can also apply online on the gov.uk website:

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked gov.uk can offer advice on Consumer Protection Rights.

Trade associations

You may find the following organisations useful:

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