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Skin piercing registration

In order to carry out Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis, Tattooing or Semi-Permanent skin piercing both the practitioner and the premises must be registered with West Northamptonshire Council under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.


There are byelaws (conditions) relating to the practice of skin piercing. You will be visited by an authorised officer once you have registered to check that your procedures and premises are suitable.

Please view the byelaws for the area in which you will be practising:


The current costs are:

  • £113.00 per practitioner
  • £282.50 per premises


Apply for a new premises or practitioner registration or to add a practitioner to an existing premises.

Last updated 03 April 2023