Do you need to register and what happens if you don't, when and how do you register, how much will it cost, how long the application take to process and are there any conditions. Also how to renew or transfer a premise registration and who to contact.
Unless you are registered under the Local Government(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to operate as a cosmetic piercer, acupuncturist or electrolysist you are committing an offence.
Importantly registrations are only valid for the area of the council in which they are made and granted.
If you fail to register and continue to operate you are liable for prosecution.
There are a number of websites where you can obtain further information and guidance on skin piercing.
Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (external website)
British Association of Beauty Therapy (external website)
British Institute and Association of Electrolysis (external website)
Applications for registration must be received and approved by the council prior to the business opening for the first time.
Any new business application should be for both;
Additionally you should contact us in circumstances when you need to tell us of changes to your existing registration.
For example to register any new employees who are to be employed as either:
It is a criminal offence to carry out any of these procedures without being registered.
You can apply for registration for both individuals and premises by one of the following means:
Skin Pierce application form (pdf 97kb opens in new window)
You are only required to provide the application form and fee with your application, no other documentation or plans are required.
The fee is a one-off cost which covers the application process and is non-refundable with fees reviewed annually on 1 April).
The current fees to accompany the application are:
For example a premises with two tattooists the total fee would be:
£119.50 + £51.50 = £171
It is important to note that it is not only yourself and your staff, if they are employed to work as cosmetic piercer, acupuncturist or electrolysists, that have to be registered with the council but also the premises at which the procedure(s) is carried out.
There is no statutory period for determining registrations, once received you will be automatically registered with the council to operate.
However, we aim, within 28 days of receipt of a completed application, to carry out an inspection at the premises to ensure that the standards maintained are satisfactory.
You will be able to operate though if you have not heard from us by the end of this 28 day target completion period.
Yes, registration certificates must be displayed in a conspicuous position in the premises.
A registration cannot be refused.
You are not required to periodically renew your registration.
You are unable to. Any new individual must make a registration in their own right.
To find out more, contact the health and safety duty officer:
Telephone: (01482) 396096
By writing to:
Health and Safety and Animal Health Manager Housing and Public Protection East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application.
Please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.