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Acupuncture, electrolysis, piercing and tattooing

In order to carry out the following activities, both the practitioners (the people who carry out the activity) and the premises where the activity takes place must be registered with us (under the 'Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1982'):

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

Apply for registration using the following forms:

As an employer or self-employed person, you must also comply with Health and Safety laws at all times.

Guidelines and byelaws

Registered practitioners of acupuncture and tattooing must comply with byelaws; registered premises must also meet the standards.

See our guidelines covering acupuncture, body piercing, ear piercing and electrolysis.

Registration fees

Find out more about health and safety licence fees for acupuncture, electrolysis, piercing and tattooing.

Also see

Licensing Services

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 552422