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Skin Piercing Establishments

A person must be registered with the Council prior to carrying out either cosmetic piercing, tattooing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring or acupuncture (unless they are registered as a medical practitioner).  

A one off fee is payable for this - to ensure standards of cleanliness are maintained and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

In all cases, it is the both person and the premises that are registered, a fee is payable for both current Fees and Charges. Therefore, should a business change location, it will need to re-register with the Council. 

Complete an application for registration to carry on acupuncture/tattooing/semipermanent skin-colouring/cosmetic piercing and electrolysis.

Skin Piercing Application Form 


For more information about the control of infection in premises that carry out skin piercing and other procedures involving contact with blood or body fluids.

Skin Piercing in Suffolk - A Guide 


Apply for a Tattoo, piercing, and electrolysis licence

Massage and Special Treatments

Please note that different parts of the country may require you to be registered if you are a therapist administering special treatments such as massage. However no such licence is required from this Council.