Certain forms of beauty treatment in Cheltenham need to be registered with the council. Both personal and premises registrations are required for: 

The practice of: 

  • acupuncture

and the business of: 

  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • cosmetic piercing
  • electrolysis

On receipt of a valid application, a premises and/or personal registration will be issued. New registrations are normally visited to check compliance with the byelaws and address any public health risks

Make an application or change an existing registration

Find details of the process, including fees on our make an application page.

Choosing registered persons and premises

All the above services are required to be registered. Registered businesses and operators must comply with the adopted byelaws to ensure the cleanliness of premises and the sterilization of equipment used in procedures which involve piercing the skin. 

Both persons and premises are required to clearly display their registration certificate and a copy of the byelaws. Certificates should therefore be looked for before using a registered activity. 

We recommend businesses follow guidance and operators become members of professional organisations. 

If you use the services of any, "body" practice you should ask to see their qualifications, find out about their experience and judge any design capabilities for yourself.  You might also ask to see their insurance policy, good practitioners often display it.

Useful guidance

When carrying out beauty treatments in Cheltenham, we strongly advise practitioners and owners read the following guidance:

Raise a concern

If you have a concern about a registered or non-registered operator please email envhealth@cheltenham.gov.uk with the details of the operator or call 01242 264135 if urgent action is required.