Acupuncture licences

All acupuncture premises and practitioners must be registered with us. 

You and your premises are covered by the registration, but each individual practitioner must register separately.

Peripatetic acupuncturists are allowed but the same conditions and hygiene requirements apply in each place where you practice.

You'll be expected to be a member of an appropriate professional body and to operate in accordance with that body's standards.

If you carry out skin piercing you must comply with our skin piercing byelaws. These byelaws set out the hygienic standards expected at your premises.

How to register

If you want to register your business for tattooing, cosmetic piercing, semi permanent skin colouring or electrolysis you need to send us a completed application form and pay the appropriate fee.

When we receive your application we'll contact you and arrange a visit.

Our fees

  • £108 to register
  • £108 to change address

How to pay

You can pay your registration fee by calling the commercial regulation team on (01226) 773743. Please have your card details ready. You can see which cards we accept and transaction charges on our pay page.

Legislation and guidance

You can find out more about the legislation and guidance from the following links: