Skin Piercing Licence

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 no person may carry out electrolysis, acupuncture, tattooing, micropigmentation, body-piercing or ear-piercing within the Tendring District unless they are registered with Environmental Services. They must carry out their practice at a registered premises.

The application is not subject to tacit approval under the European Union Services Directive.   The indicative timescale for dealing with the application is proposed to be within 35 days of receipt of a full application.   The deadline may be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

To register, an application form for the premises and for each person who is carrying out these treatments must be completed. Registration needs to be done only once and does not need to be repeated each year (unless new staff are employed or the business moves to new premises).

Application Form

Registration Fees

Note: Registration does not apply to a medical practitioner, persons working under their supervision or premises where their business is carried on; there is similar exemption for dentists in respect of acupuncture.

Once the application form has been submitted and the fee has been received, a member of the Food, Health and Safety Team will visit the premises to ensure the requirements of the bye-laws have been met and, if appropriate, a certificate of registration will be issued.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the bye-laws is an offence and carries a maximum penalty on conviction of a fine of £1,000.

Guidance for practitioners

Tattooing - Advice and Safe Practice
Micropigmentation - Advice and Safe Practice
Body Piercing - Advice and Safe Practice

Reporting Unlicensed Tattooist

If you are aware of an unlicensed tattooist practising in Tendring please complete this Reporting an unlicensed tattooist form.

Contact Details:

Environmental Services (Food, Health and Safety Team)
88-90 Pier Avenue
CO15 1TN
Telephone: 01255 686767


Last updated on: 22/07/2021 - 15:37