North East Lincolnshire Council

Skin piercing


Acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing and 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. Operators and premises must comply with local byelaws (see below).

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

To apply and pay complete the online form.

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.

Safe practice

The health and safety laboratory has produced advice and safe practice guidance for operators carrying out skin piercing activities. The downloadable guidance includes information on

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

It also includes an at a glance check-list and examples of how a medical history questionnaire, consent form and after-care advice sheet can be prepared for each of the three treatment areas.

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.

Health and safety laboratory

Regulation and Enforcement Services

Port Health Office

Estuary House

Wharncliffe Road North


North East Lincolnshire

DN31 3QL


Telephone: 01472 326299 option 3

Opening times: by appointment only