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 undertaken by an environmental health officer to ensure compliance with the appropriate standards.

Make an application

For guidance about achieving compliance 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.