Acupuncture and cosmetic treatments registration - workplace health and safety

Businesses and practitioners who provide acupuncture treatment, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis are required by Section 14(7) and Section 15(7) of the local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, viewable from the Downloads section, to register with us if they wish to operate in the borough.

Registering as a new business or practitioner

To help with the registration process, please:

To register as a new business or practitioner, you will need to send us:

Documents may be submitted by post or emailed to We cannot accept photographs of documents, only clear scans.


  • To license a premise - £177.00. This fee includes the licensing of one practitioner.

  • Additional practitioner for an existing licensed premise and who has received a visit from the Food and Safety Team within the last 12 months - £55.00 per additional practitioner.


Once we've received your completed application, a member of the Food and Safety Team will arrange for an inspection.

You should anticipate a visit shortly after your application is submitted.