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Skin Piercing Activities

Last Modified February 18, 2020

Skin Piercing Activities

Certain skin piercing activities need to be registered with the Local Authority. There are hazards associated with these activities so it is essential that treatments  are carried out in safe and hygienic conditions. The current legislation allows the Local Authority to register the following treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Micropigmentation, semi-permanent make-up
  • Tattooing
  • Microblading, Nanoblading


Two registrations are required. The premises offering any of the above treatments and each person (operator) who carries out a treatment must also be registered.

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

How do I become registered?

Once you have made an application and paid the fee, an inspector will arrange to visit. The inspection is to ensure there are appropriate hygiene procedures, health and safety regulations are being complied with and ensure the operator is qualified and competent.

If the inspector considers procedures and premises are suitable, your registration will be approved.

We can offer advice and help if you are unsure about your obligations.

How much does registration cost?


  • Premises - £185
  • Operatives - £185 per person
  • Variations of premises / operator's registration - £75 - i.e. adding a treatment to a registration or changes made to a premises
  • Name change only - £25

How can I apply?

Application: Application for Skin Piercing Activities

To request a variation of a registration or a name change send your request to: Environmental Health and the Inspecting Officer will be in touch.

Guidelines and byelaws

Applicants must comply with Hertsmere Borough Council bye-laws made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and the amendments under The Local Government Act 2003.

You also need to have a regard to:

Information for customers

If you are looking at having a registerable treatment don't be tempted into a cheaper rate offered by unregistered operators. Check you are going to a premises which is registered and the treatment is being carried out by a registered operator, it is simply not worth the risk.

All inspected premises and operators will receive a certificate of registration from the Local Authority.  If these are not visibly displayed request to see it. Or you can contact Environmental Health to ensure they are registered.

If you have any concerns about a registered premises/operator or if you believe someone is practicing without registration you can contact Environmental Health.

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