Acupuncture, Tattooing, Semi-permanent Skin-Colouring, Cosmetic Piercing and Electrolysis Registration

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires skin piercing activities to be registered with the Council, this includes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Tattooing 
  • Semi-permanent Skin-Colouring
  • cosmetic piercing 
  • Electrolysis

The Act requires registration to cover both the person carrying out the practice and the premises used for that purpose.

It is illegal to conduct  any of the above activities unless the registration has been formally approved.

Applicants must ensure that their procedures, equipment and facilities used are:

  • safe
  • hygienic
  • prevent the spread of disease
  • comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The Council has no powers to refuse registration, however, the practice is controlled through compliance with byelaws (please find attached). 

Once an application has been made and a fee has been paid, an officer from the environmnetal health team will undertake an inspection of the premises. If the officer considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved.

The officer will also check compliance with the the bye-law requirements as well as ensuring that general health and safety requirements are being met. The officer can offer any advice or give any help if you are unsure as to how to meet these obligations.

How to apply

The cost for a licence is £210.60 and you can apply online through the GOV.UK website:

Environmental Health

Address: Environmental Health
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Church Walk

Telephone: 01200 425111