Licence summary

All individuals and premises offering skin-piercing treatments, tattooing, acupuncture, derma rolling, skin needling and electrolysis must register with us. We will issue you with a registration certificate once we have processed your application.

Are there any restrictions?

There are no legal restrictions on registrations but you need to comply with laws regarding the cleanliness, hygiene and safety of premises, procedures, equipment and operators.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the application form and pay the fee online. You will need to provide copies of your qualifications certificates.

Apply for a Licence Online

The council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on the application form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. Further information is available on our Data Matching page.


  • one activity undertaken at a single premises: £119

  • two or more activities undertaken at a single premises: £155

Does tacit consent apply?

No. This means you and your premises must be registered with us before you offer any piercing, tattooing, acupuncture or electrolysis services.