Tattooist, piercing and electrolysis licences

Tattooists and other skin piercing practitioners must comply with strict rules to safeguard public safety.

If you operate any form of tattooing or other skin piercing business you must register with us. 

Skin piercing includes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring
  • Tattooing

Find licence holders on our list of registered premises

You must also comply with our byelaws for tattooing and skin piercing, these 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, acupuncture or electrolysis send us an application form and pay the appropriate fee.

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

Our fees

  • £102.50 to register
  • £102.50 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: