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Skin and Body Piercing Registration

Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing (Ear or Body), Electrolysis, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring and Tattooing

Image of a tattooed armUnder the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended by the Local Government Act 2003, nobody may carry out Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing (Ear or Body), Electrolysis, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring or Tattooing within the borough of Elmbridge unless they are registered with Environmental Health & Licensing. Generally, they must carry on their practice at a registered premises. Their business premises must also be registered, therefore it is necessary to have two certificates (an operators registration certificate and a premises registration certificate) in order to carry out skin and body piercing activities.

How do I Apply?

To register you must complete and return an application form together with the appropriate fee:

Premises registration:

Operator registration (every person who carries out treatments must register):

Note: It is a requirement that proof of qualification(s) is provided. If you are unable to attach a scanned copy of your certificate(s) to our online application form, please provide a copy by fax (01372 474915) or by post to Environmental Health & Licensing.

Elmbridge Borough Council Byelaws:

Fees and Payment

What happens next?

Registration needs to be done only once and doesn't need to be repeated each year (unless new staff are employed).

Once the application form and appropriate fee has been received, an Environmental Health Officer will visit the premises to ensure the requirements of the bye-laws have been met and, if appropriate, a certificate of registration will be issued.

Failure to comply with the requirements is an offence and carries a maximum penalty, on conviction, of a 1,000 fine.

Note: Registration does not apply to a medical practitioner, persons working under their supervision or premises where their business is carried on; there is similar exemption for dentists in respect of acupuncture.

For further information contact |Environmental Services


See our |Skin and Body Piercing Register for currently registered Premises and Operators.

Image reproduced with permission of |FDA Consumer Health Information

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