The following types of skin piercing treatments require registration:

  • Acupuncture

  • Cosmetic piercing (e.g. ear, body)

  • Electrolysis

  • Tattooing

  • Semi-permanent skin colouring.

To offer skin-piercing treatments both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with Erewash Borough Council and meet the requirements of the Council's skin piercing bylaws.

The current fees are given in the Council's Fees and Charges list. You download and complete an application form or apply online, links are given below.

Processing timescale is 28 days from receipt of valid application.

If the application is withdrawn by the applicant after submission a non-returnable minimum charge of £20 will be made to recover administration costs. This will increase to £50 if a site visit has been made.

View the regulations relating to this licence

Will Tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the interest of public health that Erewash Borough Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact us.

You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service use the contact details below.

Apply online

Apply online for a licence to pierce skin or download and complete an application form for a personal skin piercing licence and/or a premises skin piercing licence.

Failed Application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer Complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Massage and Special Treatment

These are premises, which provide a wide variety of treatments, the main ones being sauna, massage and sun beds. Erewash Borough Council does not licence these types of premises. However any premises undertaking any skin piercing activities must be registered.

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