You must apply for a licence if you want to perform acupuncture, skin piercing, electrolysis, tattoos or semi-permanent skin colouring as a business. 

The aim of licensing is to protect the public from the transmission of blood-borne viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other infections.  

This licence includes: 

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

You must register both yourself and your premises. 

How to apply 

Step 1: Download a registration form

Step 2: Submit the completed form by posting it to: South Gloucestershire Council, Department for Place, PO Box 1954, Food and Health and Safety, Bristol BS37 0DD or by emailing

Step 3: Make your payment by calling: 01454 868001

Step 4: When you have received your licence, you must display this with a copy of the relevant byelaws in your premises.  


Each fee costs £117.90. A separate fee is required for each licence. 

The licence does not have to be renewed. 


To continue to operate you must follow the requirements of our bye laws:

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