Skin piercing registration

If you plan to carry out skin piercing in New Forest, you must register with us.

You must also register if you are setting up business premises for skin piercing.

Skin piercing services

Skin piercing includes all of these services:

  • cosmetic piercing (including ear piercing)
  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring (such as semi-permanent makeup or microblading)
  • electrolysis
  • acupuncture.

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]

Apply for registration

Each skin piercing business premises requires a single premises registration.

Every person operating in the premises will require a personal registration.

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

You can apply for both premises and personal registration using the online form below.

On the online form's dropdown menu, select 'Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (skin piercing)' and then either 'Premises Registration' or 'Personal Registration'.

Alternatively, you can download an application form below.

Icon for word Skin Piercing Registration Form [79KB]

Complete the form and send it to us by email or post.

Once you have applied and have paid the fee, we will 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: £138
  • Practitioner registration: £56
  • Application to include additional activities: £56
  • Reissue of registration certificate: £16

Fees can be paid by cheque and posted to us, or paid by debit or credit card over the phone, using our contact details.


To be in accordance with the standard set out in our local byelaws regarding skin piercing, you must ensure 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]


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

In 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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