Apply for an acupuncture, tattooing, piercing and electrolysis licence
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:
- semi-permanent skin colouring
- cosmetic piercing
You must register both yourself and your premises.
How to apply
Step 1: Download a registration form for the premises and for the person.
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 email@example.com.
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: