Acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, electrolysis

You must be registered to practice any of the following types of cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring:

  • Acupuncture
  • Ear piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring

 If you work from a premises, the premises must also be registered.

Apply for a tattooing, acupuncture, piercing or electrolysis licence

Apply for registration

 You can also apply by downloading an application form and sending it to the licensing department.

Fee and process for acupuncture, tattooing, piercing, or electrolysis licence

The fees are:

  • £115 for premises and
  • £45 per practitioner

We will arrange to carry out an inspection of the premises to check hygiene compliance before deciding if a certificate of registration will be given.

New byelaws to be introduced by Cotswold District Council

Why introduce new byelaws

In 1983 the Council made three separate sets of byelaws under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 covering:

  • The practice of acupuncture;
  • The business or ear-piercing and electrolysis; and
  • The business of tattooing.

Since those byelaws came into effect the treatments offered by the beauty industry have widened. These additional treatments present the same health risks [e.g. blood borne viral transmission] and businesses offering these additional treatments are operating outside the scope of the existing byelaws.

When will the new byelaw come into effect

Cotswold District Council intend 2015 to apply to the Secretary of State for Health for confirmation of byelaws at the end of the consultation period (22 June 2015).

What are the changes

Persons and premises offering cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin colouring will be required:

  • to register with Cotswold District Council.
  • to observe byelaws relating to the cleanliness and hygiene of premises, practitioners and equipment.

There is no requirement to register if the treatment is carried out under the supervision of a person who is registered as a medical practitioner or to premises on which any such business is carried on by or under the supervision of such a person. 

What is cosmetic piercing

Cosmetic piercing is any piercing of the body including the ear.

What is semi-permanent skin colouring

Semi-permanent skin-colouring includes for example, micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent make-up and temporary tattooing.

What if I am already registered with Cotswold District Council for tattooing, ear-piercing or electrolysis

Persons and premises already registered for activities covered by section 15 of the current byelaws (i.e. tattooing, acupuncture and electrolysis) do not have to re-register.  

Persons and premises already registered for ear piercing shall be counted as registered for cosmetic piercing until that person subsequently provides another form of cosmetic piercing, or until those premises are subsequently used to provide another form of cosmetic piercing (i.e. cosmetic piercing of a part or parts of the body other than the ear), when a new registration would be required.

More information for cosmetic piercing and skin colouring businesses

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road