Tattooing and special treatments

You must register with us if you offer special treatments such as tattooing, acupuncture and electrolysis

You must register with us if you plan to offer:

  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • cosmetic piercing
  • acupuncture
  • electrolysis

You must also register your premises if you have them.

Before you apply to register, please make sure that you can meet our skin piercing byelaws (see Related content) for the services listed above.


View fees for personal and premises registration

We charge these fees because it takes time for us to assess that you comply with relevant by-laws. We will not refund your fees if you fail to meet the requirements of the by-laws, so please ensure you do so before applying for a licence.

Apply and pay for registration

Tell us about changes to your registration

Pay fees online

Massage or other treatments

You do not need to register your business if you offer:

  • massage
  • manicure
  • chiropody
  • light treatments, e.g. sunbeds
  • other treatments involving heat, light or vapour, e.g. sauna