Acupuncture, ear-piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent make-up and tattooing registration


If you offer tattooing, cosmetic piercing, semi-permanent make-up, acupuncture or electrolysis in the borough of Cheltenham, you must be registered with us.

We have adopted byelaws to ensure the cleanliness of premises and the sterilization of equipment used in procedures which involve piercing the skin.

Subject to receiving a valid application, a premises and/or personal registration will be issued and a visit will be carried out by an environmental health officer to ensure compliance with the appropriate standards.

Make an application

 or download an application form.

If your application is successful, we will send out your registration within seven working days of our decision.


Registration Fee Amendment fee
Personal registration £100.00 £50.00
Premises registration £100.00 £50.00

 Please note, application fees are non-refundable.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest for us to process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Change to an existing licence

Please contact us to tell us about a change to your existing licence


For guidance about complying with legal requirements and acceptable standards of practice, information can be found in 'Tattooing and body piercing guidance: Toolkit', ISBN 978-1-906989-72-9.

The purpose of the guidance toolkit is to support local authority and other regulatory officers in determining their requirements for effective control of risk in these activities and to promote a consistent approach. The use of this guidance toolkit will help to ensure the health and safety of both clients and operators and that tattooing and skin piercing practitioners will be operating in compliance with legal requirements.