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Acupuncture, ear-piercing, tattooing, electrolysis

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires that all persons that carry out acupuncture, tattooing, semi- permanent make up, ear piercing and electrolysis be registered with the local authority.

If you want to check if a person or business operating in Hyndburn is registered, then either ask to see their registration certificate or contact us.


In addition to the general health and safety requirements of businesses, environmental health officers visit these establishments to check that they comply with the council’s bylaws for piercers made under section 14(7) Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, including ensuring:

  • The structure is suitable, in good repair and can be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected
  • Furniture and equipment is cleansable
  • Protective clothing, towels, cloths are suitable and clean
  • Needles and other instruments are disposable or thoroughly cleansed/disinfected where necessary
  • Waste, including sharps/clinical waste, is disposed of correctly

A full copy of Hyndburn’s bylaws are available to download below along with comprehensive guidance for tattooists, body piercers and micropigmentation.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has also published comprehensive guidance that covers these practices (and other similar treatments) ‘Body Art, cosmetic therapies and other special treatments’ (ISBN 1-902423-80-1).


The current registration fees are £160.68 to register your premises and one person and a further £160.68 for each person who will undertake the treatments.


If no visit or work has been undertaken by the officer a full refund will be made, less a £10 administration fee.

If an officer has commenced work on the application or visited the premises, no refund will be available.

How to apply

If you do not currently have a valid registration for skin piercing activities and want to apply for one you can complete the online form below, payment can also be made within this form.

Downloadable documents