You need to register with the council under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to carry out: 

  • Acupuncture (including micro-needling)
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring (including micro-blading)
  • Cosmetic piercing 
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing

A personal registration and a premises registration are both required to carry out the above activities. On reciept of a valid application, a premises and/or personal registration certificate will be issued. New registrations are normally visited to check compliance with adopted byelaws and address any public health risks.

Make an application or amend an existing registration

Choosing a registered practioner and premises

Registered businesses and operators are required to comply with adopted byelaws for the purpose of securing the cleanliness of registered premises, of the fittings in those premises, and of persons registered and also the cleaning and sterilisation of instruments.

Both persons and premises are required to clearly display their registration certificate and a copy of the byelaws. When seeking the services of a practitioner, we would suggest checking the following:

  • Display of a registration certificate.
  • Practioners qualifications and experience.
  • Practioners insurance.

Activities not requiring registration

Certain activities do not require registration with the council. These include:

  • Botox and other skin or vitman injectables
  • Light treatments (including sunbeds, lasers, and intense pulse light)
  • Saunas, steam, spa-pool, and other baths
  • Massage treatments or facials
  • Nail treatments (including manicure and pedicure)

Practioners practising the above should still ensure they comply with the relevant legislation and industry standards for health and safety for both themselves and their clients.

Raise a concern

You should contact the environmental health team by emailing [email protected] with the details of the business and the concern or complaint or call 01242 264135 if urgent action is required. Visits can be undetaken at officer discretion at any time to check compliance and investigate concerns.