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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.


  • Business premises registration £113
  • Individual registration £86

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

Related documents

Byelaws acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis (PDF, 105KB)

Body piercing guidance (PDF, 1MB)

Micropigmentation guidance (PDF, 957KB)

After care advice: body art, skin piercing and tattoo (PDF, 71KB)

Related websites

Health and safety laboratory

Public Health England – advice on infectious disease and control

Tattoo and piercing industry union – national association for tattoo and piercing businesses

Tattooing and body piercing guidance toolkit

Contact details

Commercial Regulatory Team, Estuary House, Wharncliffe Road, Fish Docks, Grimsby, DN31 3QL

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326299

Opening times: By appointment only