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

Premises and Personal registrations are both required to practice in the borough. Personal registrations will not be issued unless associated with a valid premises registration.  Registration certificates are issued following receipt of a valid application.  New registrations are normally visited to check compliance with adopted byelaws and address possible public health risks.  Most business find a visit useful and choose to open after their visit.

Make an application or amend an existing registration

Choosing a registered practitioner and premises

Look for the display of the registration certificates and the byelaws as these must be displayed by registered operators.  Registered operators must comply with adopted byelaws.  These byelaws ensure cleanliness of the premises and its fittings.  The byelaws also require persons registered to be clean and use clean and sterile instruments.

When seeking services, we suggest you check the following:

  • Display of a registration certificate and byelaws.
  • Practitioners' qualifications and experience.
  • Practitioners' insurance.

Activities not requiring registration

In this borough the following activities do not require registration:

  • Botox and other skin or vitamin 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)

Practitioners practising these activities must still ensure safety in their practice and comply with health and safety legislation or relevant industry standards.

Raise a concern

Please contact the environmental health team by emailing [email protected] including the details of the business and the reason for your concern or complaint.  If urgent, please call 01242 264135.  Where appropriate visits can be undertaken to check compliance and investigate concerns.