Skin Piercing Licence

If you want to carry out certain skin piercing activities you must be in possession of a skin piercing licence that has been granted by the local authority in the area from which you operate from.


Skin Piercing Licence


Local Authority

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £150.00
VALID FOR Indefinitely

Application for Skin Piercing Licence

Personal registration: £90 - £100
Premises registration: £150.00 - £205
Applications to be made via local council
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What is a Skin Piercing Licence?

If you own or run a business and wish to carry out skin piercing then you will need to apply for a skin piercing licence with your local authority.

The law requires that premises operating a skin piercing business, as well as mobile skin piercer hold a valid tattoo licence. This is also regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Please note that that tattooists are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their skin piercing licence on display at all times.


How to apply for a Skin Piercing Licence

You must provide details about yourself and your premises, including any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.

You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

Eligibility Criteria

A skin piercing will be required by businesses or self-employed individuals operating either independently within premises or if you operate as a mobile business.

It is essential that cosmetic treatments like skin piercing are carried out in safe and hygienic conditions in order to prevent the spread of infection amongst customers and those employed in the industry.

You will need to ensure that your procedures, equipment and facilities are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Fines and penalties

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you run a skin piercing licence business without having a valid skin piercing licence.


Yes. You must display a copy of your skin piercing licence on your premises. If you fail to do so you could be fined.
No. You can only work in the area where you’re licensed. If you are moving to another area in the UK to work you will need to contact the local council of that area.
If the local authority has not made a decision within 12 months of receiving your application then your licence will be assumed as granted. However, please check with the local authority that you are applying with as this can vary depending on the local authority.
Yes. Skin piercing licence businesses are inspected annually by an enforcement officer and must a valid copy of their skin piercing licence on display at all times.