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Acupuncture, tattooing and skin piercing registration

If you're thinking of getting a tattoo, check our list of registered tattooists. Businesses can also apply for tattoo, acupuncture and skin piercing registrations.

Getting a tattoo?

Check the tattooist is registered by checking our pdf icon register of active tattooists [107kb]

Don't see the tattooist on the list? Contact us in confidence as they may be operating illegally putting you and others at risk of infection. 

Under 18? Its against the law to tattoo anyone under 18, even with parental permission a tattooist is liable to prosecution under the Police enforced Tattooing of Minors Act 1969.

Applying for a skin piercing registration?

Your businesses and premises must be registered with us if you carry out any of the following:

  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring or micro-pigmentation
  • cosmetic piercing
  • electrolysis
  • ear piercing
  • acupuncture

A one-off £204 fee applies for each registration application. You can check the full list of skin piercing registrations on our pdf icon public register [100kb] 

Tattooing, electrolysis and ear piercing applications

Each business (each self employed person or each employer) and each premises must be registered.

 pdf icon Business application [160kb]: you can also apply and pay online
 pdf icon Premises application [158kb]: you can also apply and pay online

You will also need to comply with the relevant bylaws and tattooing guidelines.

Acupuncture applications

You must register each practitioner and the premises from which you will operate.

pdf icon Practitioner application [152kb]: you can also apply and pay online
pdf icon Premises application [163kb]: you can also apply and pay online

You will also need to comply with the relevant bylaws.

Further guidance

Tattooing and body piercing guide - Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

pdf icon Tattooing bylaws [139kb]

pdf icon Acupuncture bylaws [127kb]

pdf icon Active tattooing registrations [107kb]

pdf icon Skin piercing activities - Public register [100kb]

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