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Registration - acupuncture, ear piercing, electrolysis, tattooists and semi-permanent skin colouring

Anyone that carries out acupuncture, ear piercing, electrolysis, tattooing and semi-permanent skin colouring must be registered with us.

This is a requirement of the The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. 

The following types of skin piercing have to be registered with us:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • semi permanent skin colouring
  • ear-piercing
  • electrolysis.

The premises and persons carrying out the skin piercing activity are also required to be registered.

Officers will visit the premises to ensure they comply with the requirements of both the Act and any local bylaws prior to them operating.

You need to complete an online registration form (right).

For more information, see Tattooing and body piercing guidance.

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