Online applications

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Apply for a tattoo, body piercing or acupuncture licence

Businesses who provide treatments involving any kind of skin piercing, must be registered. Although the same application form is used for both, you can register for either of the following:

  • Acupuncturists - all individual operators must be registered
  • Electrolysis, skin piercing and tattooing - the building must be registered

You only need to register once.

How to apply

Apply to register for Skin Piercing online

How to pay

Pay to register for Skin Piercing online

Type Annual Fee
Piercing or electrolysis premises and one practitioner  £280
Tattooing premises licence £340
Tattooing personal licence  £170
Acupuncture premises and one practitioner  £280
Acupuncture or piercing personal licence  £80

Further information

If you require more information about skin piercing licences, see Contact the Licensing Team webpage.

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