Acupuncture, Tattooing, Skin Piercing, Electrolysis, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Anyone who wishes to carry on the practice of acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis must be registered with their local council unless they are a registered medical practitioner or dentist.

The purpose of registration is to ensure that basic health and safety standards are maintained in any premises where these activities are carried out. It is compulsory to register both the premises and the operator under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Applicants will be required to pay a one-off registration fee, which covers the cost of administration and inspection of the premises on a periodic basis. These checks will ensure the necessary standards are being maintained.

All persons that carry out tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis must be registered with the local authority.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Part VIII, requires that the following types of skin piercing are registered with the council.

  • acupuncture
  • ear-piercing
  • electrolysis
  • tattooing

The act requires registration to cover both the person carrying out the practice and the premises used for that purpose. There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with by-laws in each case.