Skin Piercing

The following types of skin piercing treatments require registration:

  • Acupuncture

  • Cosmetic piercing/body piercing.

  • Electrolysis

  • Tattooing

  • Semi-permanent skin colouring.

To offer skin-piercing treatments both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with Erewash Borough Council and meet the requirements of the Council's skin piercing bylaws.

To apply please complete an application form (opens as PDF 282.39 KB) for skin piercing registration. To request this document in an accessible format email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Processing timescale is 28 days from receipt of a valid application with payment of the fee.

View the regulations relating to this licence (opens in a new window)


Both the person and the premises must be registered. The fee is £255 if a person and premises registration are assessed at the same visit. A single registration for a person or a premises is £150. If the application is withdrawn by the applicant after submission a non-returnable minimum charge of £20 will be made to cover administration costs.

A personal and/ or premises registration will also be required if a new skin piercing activity is carried out that is not covered by the existing registration. Please contact us if you need any further information.

Will Tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the interest of public health that Erewash Borough Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Failed Application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer Complaints

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 UK, Consumer Direct (opens in a new window)will give you advice.

Massage and Special Treatment

These are premises, which provide a wide variety of treatments, the main ones being sauna, massage and sun beds. Erewash Borough Council does not licence these types of premises. However any premises undertaking any skin piercing activities must be registered.

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