Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis

Amber Valley Borough Council has adopted the Local Government Miscellaneous Act 1982 (as amend) which requires premises and persons who undertake the practice of acupuncture, tattooing, semi permanent tattooing, cosmetic piercing (which includes ear piercing) and electrolysis to register with the council. Applicants will need to demonstrate competence in their field of skin piercing and ability to meet health and safety standards and safe practices. The structure of the premises will also need to meet appropriate hygiene standards. Please see the Bylaws for structural requirements and hygiene standards that will apply to your business. Bylaws will need to be prominently displayed at your premises for customers to see alongside your Registration Certificates. 

To register as a practitioner or to register a premises where these activities are to take place as part of a business, complete our online application form at Before you begin please view the associated fees for this licence.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email