Last updated: 06/09/2013
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Anyone carrying out skin piercing (acupuncture, tattooing, ear
piercing and electrolysis) must be registered with the council
under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
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.
View the regulations
relating to skin piercing.
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 (currently £125.00
for each registration). This is a one-off payment as there is no
annual renewal process.
A person registered to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, ear
piercing or electrolysis must display at the premises a copy of any
certificates issued by the council, and a copy of the byelaws.
To summarise the procedure for registration, upon receipt,
applications will be forwarded for consultation to the
Environmental Health Technician (EHT) covering the area, who will
carry out an inspection. Following receipt of the EHT's
approval to registration, the appropriate Certificate will be
It takes approximately four weeks to process a skin piercing
application, and tacit authorisation does not apply
to these applications. This means you must wait
until the application has been determined before any skin piercing
activities can take place.
You can obtain an application form from licensing services or
click on the links below to download forms.
Alternatively, you can make the application online by clicking
on the link below:
Apply online for a skin piercing registration
(for both personal and premises)
Cornwall Council has adopted skin piercing
byelaws which regulate the provision of skin piercing
Redress for failed applications and licence
Please contact Licensing Services if you wish to discuss an
application, decision or consent.
Please contact Licensing Services if you wish to make a
complaint about someone carrying out skin piercing
activities. You should also contact us if you suspect someone
is carrying out skin piercing without the appropriate