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Key Features and Guidance Notes for a Skin Piercing Premises Licence


To offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring, ear and body piercing and |Image of the EU Single Point of Contact logoelectrolysis - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with the local authority. In some areas you may need a licence from the local authority.

Once registered, you will be issued with a certificate of registration.

Who can apply and what for

Applications must include any information required by the local authority.

Application Criteria

|A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation

Will Tacit Consent (automatic approval if the Council does not decide on your application in time) Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted to ensure good standards of hygiene and infection control. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact them.

Submit an Application Online

|Apply for a licence to pierce skin

Failed Application Appeal/Redress Process

Please contact the Council.

An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates court.

Consumer Complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint contact is made with the trader/business proprietor by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, |Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the |UK European Consumer Centre.

Additional sources of information including Trade Associations

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