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Acupuncture, Tattooing, Skin Piercing and Electrolysis

Anyone carrying out skin piercing (acupuncture, tattooing, skin piercing and electrolysis) must be registered with their Council under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

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Cornwall Council has also adopted skin piercing byelaws which regulate the provision of skin piercing activities.

The aim of registering skin piercing activities is to protect members of the public from the transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infections. The council has approved byelaws that set out the standards for the hygienic operation of skin piercing premises. Persons carrying out skin piercing must comply with these byelaws.

Registration consists of two elements: the person and the place where the skin piercing takes place. A separate fee is required for registration of the person and of the premises. This is a one-off payment as there is no annual renewal process. 

There is a comprehensive range of business regulatory support services available to help and advise businesses to be more successful and compliant.

It takes 28 days to process a skin piercing application, therefore you must wait until the application has been determined before any acupuncture, tattooing, skin piercing or electrolysis activities can take place.

You can apply online (for both personal and premises registration) using the link below.

Apply online for a skin piercing registration

Alternatively, you can download and complete the relevant form below or request an application form from licensing services.

Please contact licensing services if you wish to discuss an application, decision or consent.

Please view the current licensing fees and charges to find out how much you will need to pay.

Please contact licensing services if you wish to discuss your requirements.

Please contact licensing services if you wish to make a complaint about someone carrying out acupuncture, tattooing, skin piercing or activities involving electrolysis.  You should also contact us if you suspect someone is carrying out such activities without the appropriate registrations.