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Skin piercing

You need to register for the following skin piercing activities:

  • Acupuncture
  • Tattooing
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Electrolysis.


To carry out any of the above skin piercing activities, both the business premises and the person carrying out the piercing must be registered with the Council.

You do not need to register if you are carrying out skin piercing under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner.

You will be contacted to arrange an inspection to determine if the premises are compliant with the byelaw requirements. If the premises and arrangements are compliant a certificate of registration will be issued.

Health and safety

Businesses are obliged to ensure the health and safety of both themselves and of their clients. Following the safe practice advice and guidance will help ensure compliance with health and safety requirements.

  • Basic requirements for safe, clean premises
  • Legal issues
  • Waste disposal
  • Infection control
  • After-care advice

Contact details

Licensing, Doughty road depot, Doughty road, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 0LL


Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, except bank holidays