The following types of skin piercing treatments require registration:

  • Acupuncture

  • Cosmetic piercing (e.g. ear, body)

  • 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. You can download and complete an application form or apply online, links are given below.

Processing timescale is 28 days from receipt of valid application.

View the regulations relating to this licence


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. The fees are listed in the Council's Fees and Charges list. If the application is withdrawn by the applicant after submission a non-returnable minimum charge of £20 will be made to cover administration costs.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.

You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service use the contact details below.

Apply online

Please downlaod and complete an application form for skin piercing registration. You can also Apply online for a licence to pierce skin.

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 will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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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Tel: 0115 907 2244 ext. 3820

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