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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 read the icon Guidance for acupuncture, ear/body piercing, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, electrolysis. [332.06KB] and view online a list of registered premises.

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

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


  • To license a premises and/or one practitioner - £148.00

  • For an additional practitioner at a registered premises inspected in the last 12 months - £25.00

  • For an additional practitioner at the time of an inspection - £14.00


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.