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Tattooists, piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis registration

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All business providing the following treatments must register both their premises and any persons carrying out treatments at their premises.

There is no power of refusal of registration, but the activity is controlled through compliance with byelaws and health and safety law in each case:

  • Acupuncture
  • Tattooing
  • Ear Piercing
  • Electrolysis

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 Act 1974.


Return your completed application, together with the current fee of £130 to the Environmental Health Team, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2TR. Cheques should be made payable to Charnwood Borough Council.

Once your form and fee have been received, an officer from the team will contact you to arrange an inspection of your premises. Following the inspection, if your premises is found to be safe and compliant, you will be issued with a registration certificate to display on the premises.

Tattooing, piercing, acupuncture and the law

It is an offence to conduct acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis unless the registration has been formally approved. All registered persons must comply with the relevant byelaws, a copy of which are available to download as follows:

Best practice for tattooists and body piercers

There is new guidance for tattooist and body piercers which has been written for registered practitioners and local authority officers for reference on best practice. It has been produced by a group involving CIEH, the Health and Safety Laboratory, Public Health England and the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union.

You may also find the following documents useful when setting up your business and you should use them to ensure that you are fully aware of your responsibilities as a skin piercer. 

Acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis byelaw

We are looking to adopt new byelaws which will include all skin piercing activities and add semi-permanent skin colouring and cosmetic piercing (all body piercing including the ear). 

The new byelaws will need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State for Health and will allow us to register these activities along with our other skin piercing activity. 

Any objections to the confirmation of the byelaws should be made by letter addressed to:

Dr T Ellis
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street

A copy of the sealed byelaws is available below:

A copy of the sealed byelaws will also be available at the Council Offices for one month from Wednesday January 8, 2020 located at Southfield Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2TX that anyone can see.

The old byelaws originally adopted in 1984 will be revoked. There will be no new registration costs for existing business but all new businesses will need to be registered that operate semi-permanent skin colouring and any cosmetic piercing. You can contact us directly to discuss this matter further.

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