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Acupuncture, Tattooing, Ear-piercing and Electrolysis Registration

Licence summary
The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII requires the following types of skin piercing need be registered with the Council.
  • Acupuncture
  • Tattooing
  • Ear-piercing
  • Electrolysis
Eligibility Criteria
The Act requires registration to cover both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for that purpose. There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with byelaws in each case.
Regulation Summary

The Byelaws made under Section 14(7) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 apply. View the Byelaws Relating to the Practice of Acupuncture, Tattooing, Ear-piercing and Electrolysis and apply for registration  (67K).

Application Evaluation Process

The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Once an application has been made and the fee paid, an inspector will undertake an inspection of the premises. If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved.

The Inspector will also check compliance with the relevant bye-law requirements (see below) as well as ensuring that general health and safety requirements are being met. The inspector will be pleased to offer any advice or give any help if you are unsure as to how to meet these obligations.

Will Tacit Consent Apply? No. It is illegal to conduct acupuncture, tattooing, ear-piercing, or electrolysis unless the registration has been formally approved.
Apply online Apply for a Acupunture, Tattooing, Ear-piercing and Electrolysis Registration

View current Licensing and Registration Fees

Failed Application Redress

There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with byelaws in each case.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide from Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact wrsenquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk.

Trade Associations None


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