Personal treatments

You need to be registered under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 if you carry out any of the following treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Ear piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Semi permanent skin colouring (including Microblading)
  • Tattooing

Registration is required for both the person carrying out the treatment and the premises used.  You will need to re-apply if you move premises.

Public register

There is no legal requirement to keep a public register. Please contact us if you want to know whether a person or premises are registered.

Application process 

An application fee must be paid when you make your online application. There is a separate fee for the premises and the person.

The practice of the above treatments are controlled through compliance with the following byelaws:

Any registration, if granted, lasts indefinitely.  It would only end if you surrender it to the Council or it was cancelled or suspended by a Court, if you were found guilty of an offence under the law controlling your registration.

How long will my application take?

We aim to determine applications within 21 days from receipt of a completed application, including payment.  In some circumstances applications may take longer than 21 days whilst we liaise with the Environmental Health Team.

You must not trade until the certificate of registration has been issued. 

Will Tacit Consent apply

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before we can grant a registration. Please contact us if you have not heard from us within 21 days from the date of application.

What happens if my application is granted?

Following the grant of an application a certificate of registration will be issued which sets out the treatments that have been authorised to be carried out. This will be accompanied by a copy of the Council’s byelaws in relation to the treatments listed on the certificate.

An Officer from the Environmental Health Team will visit and check that your premises have the right facilities available and that you are operating hygienically and safely. They will also be able to provide advice.

You are advised to read and check through the relevant byelaws, as you must meet the standards of them. Failure to comply with the byelaws may lead to prosecution and/or the revocation of your registration(s).

Please note that it is a legal requirement that the certificate of registration(s) and the byelaws be prominently displayed on the premises.

Change of circumstances

You must notify us of any change of circumstances. This includes the surrendering of a registration, a request to transfer a premises registration or any other material change to the registration or how you operate. There is a fee due in respect of any change that requires a new registration to be issued. 

If you wish to apply for any additional treatment(s) to be included on your registration you must complete the online change application and pay the relevant fee.

Consumer complaint

If a consumer has a complaint and it can not be resolved directly with the business, they can contact the UK European Consumer Centre (external link)


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