Licences for tattooing, piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture

Tattoo LicenceIf you are planning on carrying out any procedure that pierces the skin you might need to be registered with the council.  This could include acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing, cosmetic piercing, semi-permanent skin colouring and electrolysis.

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.

Fill in an application online using the links below.  The links take you to another government website.

Apply for a licence to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, piercing and/or electrolysis

You will be charged a fee for this licence.



Consumer complaints

If you want to complain about a business operating under this registration please contact your local office using the details on this page.



  • Email:
  • Phone: 01597 827467
  • North Powys Address: Environmental Health, Neuadd Maldwyn, Severn Road, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7AS
  • South Powys Address: Environmental Health, Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HR
  • Mid Powys Address: Environmental Health, The Gwalia, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AA


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