Licensing Skin Piercers
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The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and Local Government Act 2003 requires that to offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, cosmetic piercing (ear and body) and electrolysis - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with the City Council.
Registration covers both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for that purpose. There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with bylaws.
Applications must include any information required by the local authority.
No provision in legislation.
The Birmingham City Council Application Forms for Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis and Tattooing are attached at the bottom of this page.
Once you have completed the application it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:
Online - If you are applying from within a European Member State you can apply on the Government GOV.UK website using the following link
Apply online for a Licence to carry out Acupuncture, Cosmetic Piercing, Electrolysis or Tattooing
By Email - Completed applications can be submitted electronically by attaching the completed form and any associated supporting documents to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
(Please note that electronic applications submitted by email can only be accepted if there is a scanned signature on the application form).
On receipt of your application by email a Licensing Officer will contact the applicant to acquire payment of the appropriate fee via a debit or credit card.
By Post - Send completed applications to the address as indicated on our contact us page.
Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see - Fees & Charges Schedule) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.
In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown on our contact us page.
Please check the Fees & Charges Schedule page for details of the cost of your application.
Our target for dealing with applications is 28 days. However all applications should be determined within 60 days of receipt of all the information necessary to determine the application.
Tacit Consent - Grounds for Refusal
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with a notice within the target period then the notice can be deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. 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 local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or use the contact us page.
For further advice and guidance please contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982
We retain details of Skin Piercing, Tattooist and Electrolysis Licences which have been granted, for further information contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
Contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.
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, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC)
British Association of Skin Camouflage
British Institute and Association of Electrolysis
Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists