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Home > Business > Licensing > Skin Piercing Establishments

Skin Piercing Establishments

Unless registered as a medical practitioner, a person has to be registered with the Council before carrying out:

  • cosmetic piercing
  • tattooing
  • electrolysis
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • acupuncture

A one-off fee is payable for this. The aim of registration is to ensure premises are clean and clients are safe.

Both the person and the premises must be registered. 

Please note: a separate registration form and fee must be submitted for each district you wish to operate in.

If you wish to register a skin piercing business in Babergh, and in Mid Suffolk, you'll need to submit a registration form for each district. You will also need to pay a fee for each district.

Read our current fees and charges

Moving premises?

If a skin piercing business moves, a new registration is needed. 

Complete an application for registration to continue carrying out:

  • cosmetic piercing
  • tattooing
  • electrolysis
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • acupuncture

Useful forms and documents

Registration for Skin Piercing (online application form)

Apply for a Tattoo, piercing, and electrolysis licence

Read our Skin piercing in Suffolk guide 

Massage and Special Treatments

No licence is required from this Council for massage or other special treatments.