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Tattooists, piercings and electrolysis registration

Tattooists, piercings and electrolysis registration

Licence summary

If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, or electrolysis, you must be registered with your local district council.

If you work from premises, they must also be registered.

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

Eligibility criteria

You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field.

A fee may be charged.

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local district council by the end of the target completion period


No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply online

Apply for a licence to pierce skin

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local District Council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local District Council in the first instance.

If a registration is suspended or cancelled the registration holder may appeal to the county court.

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, if you are located in the UK, you can find consumer advice on the websiteFrom outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Eg, about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations


Application fees 

  • Premises application fee = £134
  • Personal application fee = £134
  • Fee if carried out at same time plus the inital fee = £46 (so £134 + £46)

All fees are reviewed annually in April.

Last updated on 04 May 2020