Licences for tattooing, piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture
If you are planning on carrying out any procedure that pierces the skin (including acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing, cosmetic piercing, semi-permanent skin colouring and electrolysis) you might need to be registered with the council.
Registration protects the public from blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infections. The council currently has approved byelaws that set out the standards for the hygienic operation of skin piercing premises.
Persons carrying out skin piercing must comply with these byelaws.
How to register
To confirm if your business is currently required to register and comply with these byelaws please make contact with us via telephone or email and we can clarify for you. We will also be able to advise you about the new legislation being introduced to govern the trade and the impact that this will have on you in the near future.
If you are advised that you are required to register, we will provide you with an application form which you will need to complete and submit along with the fee you will be charged to register.
Once an application is received, the Officer will carry out an inspection. If the premises are approved, we'll issue the licence certificate.
If you want to complain about a business operating under this registration please contact your local office using the details on this page.