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Special treatment registration

This page contains information on skin piercing special treatments such as: acupuncture, tattooing, ear and body piercing and electrolysis. The page also includes information on how to register premises and practitioners to provide special treatments.

The aim of registering skin piercing activities

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part 8 requires that skin piercing shall be registered with the local Council.

The Act requires a registration to cover both the person carrying on the business (or in the case of acupuncutre practice) and the premises used or proposed to be used for that purpose and operating within the Borough of Oadby and Wigston.

The aim of registering skin piercing activities is to protect members of the public from the transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infections. Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has approved by-laws that set out the standards for the hygienic operation of skin piercing premises.

Persons carrying out skin piercing must comply with the relevant policy and bylaws contained in:

Special Treatments Policy and Byelaws (PDF Document, 288.67 Kb)

original bylaws below:

Code of practice for skin piercing

A code of practice has been issued. If you wish to download a copy of the code or practice, please click on this link:

The procedure for registration

Applications for registration must be made to the Licensing Team on the application form below:

Once recieved an Environmental Health Officer will contact the applicant and carry out an inspection to confirm that the applicant can comply with the by-laws. If you require more information about this subject please contact us.

Online application

Licence summary

To run a special treatments business you may need to register with your local authority and comply with local health and safety rules.

You may be required to have a copy of the certificate of registration and copies of the byelaws of your local authority displayed in your premises.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in the legislation.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application evaluation process

No provision in the legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Apply for registration to practice Special Treatments.

Failed application redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the United Kingdom (UK), you can get advice from the government on your consumer rights. From outside the UK contact the European Consumer Centre.

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