Skin piercing registration

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires that to carry out certain skin piercing activities you must be registered with your local authority.

If you are trading within the New Forest, you will need to register with us. The registration will need to be for both you personally and the premises you are going to use, unless it is an established premises already registered with us.

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Skin piercing activities which need to be registered

Skin piercing includes all of these services:

  • Cosmetic piercing (including ear piercing)
  • Tattooing
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring (including semi-permanent makeup, micropigmentation and microblading, and temporary tattooing)
  • Electrolysis
  • Acupuncture

Apply for registration

Each skin piercing business premises requires a single premises registration.

Every person operating in the premises require a personal registration.

If you operate at several premises in the New Forest area, you will only require a single personal registration to operate from all premises.

You can apply for just a premises or just a personal licence, or you can apply for both using the online form below. The form allows for the registration of multiple practitioners if required.

On the online form's dropdown menu, select 'Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (skin piercing).

Once you have applied, we will contact you to take payment by debit or credit card over the phone. Alternatively, fees can be paid by cheque and posted to us, using our contact details.

We will then carry out an inspection of the premises. If your procedures and the premises are suitable, then registration will be approved.

During inspection, we may also look at broader compliance with health and safety law.


The fees related to skin piercing are listed below.

  • Premises registration only: £138
  • Practitioner registration only: £56
  • Premises and personal registration: £194
  • Application to include additional activities: £56
  • Reissue of registration certificate: £16


You must ensure that you operate in accordance with our local skin piercing byelaws. These byelaws require that:

  • procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe and hygienic
  • measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease.

You can download a copy of the skin piercing byelaws below.

Icon for pdf Skin Piercing Byelaws [166.41KB]


You can download guidance and information on skin piercing below.

Icon for pdf Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit [2.81MB]

Icon for pdf Microblading Treatments Leaflet [538.79KB]


If you have traded in other parts of the UK, particularly larger cities, you may have found that registration to operate as a hairdresser or barber was necessary to provide these services.

In the New Forest, hairdressers do not require any specific registration or licence in order to operate.

As is the case with all businesses, you are subject to regulation under The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

More information on hairdressing is available from the Health and Safety Executive website.

Contact details


Phone: 02380 285411

Food and Safety Team
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7PA

Our office hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm

Fridays: 8.45am to 4.45pm

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