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Personal treatment licences

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII requires that the following types of skin piercing need to be registered with us:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • cosmetic piercing
  • electrolysis
  • semi-permanent skin colouring.

The act requires registration to cover both the premises and the practitioner. The practice is controlled through compliance with byelaws in each case.

The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

It is illegal to conduct cosmetic piercing, tattooing, acupuncture, electrolysis or semi-permanent skin colouring unless the registration has been formally approved.

Once an application has been made and a fee has been paid, an inspector will undertake an inspection of the premises. If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved.

The inspector will also check that general health and safety requirements are being met. The inspector will be pleased to offer any advice or give any help if you are unsure as to how to meet these obligations.

Eligibility criteria

You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practicing without a registration in this field. The information in this section provides a non-exhaustive list of items that will be checked. The byelaws are attached to this page.


  • All surfaces in any part of the premises used by clients must be kept clean and in good repair.
  • All furniture and fittings in the treatment area must be kept clean and in good repair.
  • Tables, couches, seats used in the treatment area must have a smooth, impervious surface which is regularly wiped down with disinfectant and covered by a disposable paper sheet, changed after each client.
  • A 'No Smoking' sign must be prominently displayed.

Cleanliness of operatives

  • Any overall worn by the operative should be clean and in good repair.
  • The operative's hands and nails must be kept clean.
  • Any open cut, wound, sore or boil must be suitably covered by an impermeable dressing.
  • The operative should not smoke nor drink in the treatment area.
  • The operative should have sole use of the washing facilities which must provide hot and cold running water, soap (or a similar cleanser) and a nail brush.


  • Any needle, metal instrument or other item of equipment used in the treatment must be in a sterile condition and kept sterile until it is used.
  • If pre-sterilised items are not used then adequate facilities must be provided for the purpose of sterilisation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Tacit consent will not apply. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Licensing Section within 14 days, please make contact using the details.

How can I apply for a registration?

You can apply and pay online using the website.

Apply for a registration online

You can complete the form attached to this page, and send your completed forms in the post. Completed forms should be sent to the address in the contact details section of this page. A fee is payable. The current fee for an operator and premises is 116 each. The fee should accompany the application.

Contact details

Licensing Section
South Derbyshire District Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595724
Fax: 01283 595855
Online: contact form

Related documents

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