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Tattooists, skin piercing and electrolysis

This page contains information on scertain special treatments that involve the piercing of skin, including, 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 registration to cover both the person carrying on the 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 these by-laws.

There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with by-laws in each case.

The by-laws cover:-

  • cleanliness of premises and fittings
  • cleanliness of persons
  • cleaning and sterilisation of instruments, materials and equipment

The procedure for registration

Upon receipt, applications will be forwarded for consultation to an Environmental Health Officer (EHO), who will carry out an inspection. Following receipt of the EHO's approval to registration, the appropriate certificate will be issued.

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:


If you wish to download a copy of the by-laws, please click on the relevant links below:

Registration fee

From 1 April 2014, the fee to register each person carrying out the above business (or in the case of acupuncture the practice of) is £66 and the fee for each premises used for the provision of the business is £78.00. If a business and person are registered at the same time the fee is discounted to £150.00. This is a one-off payment, there is no annual renewal payment and this may be made by cheque, cash or debit card.

Registration application form

If you wish to download an application form in order to apply for registration with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, please click on this link:

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 by-laws 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), Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the European Consumer Centre .

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