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Skin piercing and tattooing licence

A skin piercing and tattooing licence is needed by all businesses who undertake tattooing or skin/body piercing.

View the  guidance note on skin piercing and tattooing (PDF) [26KB]  for more information and exemptions.   Details regarding the health and hygiene requirements for applicants can be found in the Downloads section

If you are a current licence holder and wish to vary your licence, please view the Guidance note for a material change in circumstances (PDF) [3KB]  and complete the Material Change in Circumstances application form (PDF) [119KB] . The application fee is £70.

What does skin piercing and tattooing cover?

  • Acupuncture
  • Electrolysis
  • Cosmetic Body Piercing
  • Tattooing

How much does a licence cost?

The application fee payable depends on the length of licence that you want.  A one year licence is £260 and a three year licence is £321.

The fees change every year so check with the licensing office before you send payment.

How do I apply?

Apply online

If you have difficulty applying online please contact the Licensing Department on (01738) 475180.

What happens if the Council fails to make a decision on my application within 9 months?

The licence will be granted or renewed.

Last modified on 09 January 2024

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