Licences for Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis, Tattooing And Acupuncture

You must register your business with us so we can make sure you follow health and safety practices

Part VIII of The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 governs the registration of cosmetic piercers (etc.)

Which license do I need?

  • You need personal registration to run a business in cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, tattooing and acupuncture.  This includes treating people in their own homes or renting a premises that is already registered.
  • You need to apply for a premises registration and personal registration if you are registering a business as the sole proprietor.


View Tattooing and Body Piercing guidance toolkit.

Applying for a licence

The fee is £100.00. To apply please complete the online application form.

When we get your application, an officer from our Public Safety team will visit you at your premises.

You may find it helpful to invite the officer to your premises at an early stage. You’ll have a chance to show them what you are planning. That way, you can avoid last minute alterations or additions and keep within budget.

More guidance

You can find advice and safe practice guidance for tattoo and piercing artists.

Sterilisation and cleanliness is crucial. We want to make sure that all businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have clean and safe premises.

Here are copies of the byelaws: