Skin Registration

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

Skin piercing is a general term that covers:

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

Who needs to apply?

A person needs to apply to operate a business of skin piercing at the address of the premises where the business is being run.

At the point of registration other individuals who conduct the activity at the premises can be listed on the application form. No further fee is required unless a further name is to be included after initial registration.

Mobile skin piercers must also be registered to their home address.

An environmental officer will carry out an inspection before registration. This ensures that techniques are carried out in a hygienic and safe manner.

A common complaint is the piercing of young people. These complaints should be referred to the police.

New registration and additional names can be applied for here.

Downloadable application form:

Fees and Charges

You can find the fee for this registration by going to our fee register.

We aim to deal with grant and renewal registrations within 77 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your registration is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application period.

Tel: 01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4.30 pm

9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm