Tattooists, piercing and electrolysis - personal

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If you are a special treatment practitioner you may require a licence. Special treatments include:

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

How to apply

Please use the links below to apply:


The fee for a special treatments personal registration is £41.


You may be refused a licence if:

  • you are under the age of 18
  • you have been convicted of an offence under specified acts or you are deemed unsuitable
  • you don't have adequate professional or technical experience

What the law says

The relevant legislation is Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (c. 30).

The byelaws that cover the registration of therapists and premises offering tattooing and acupuncture, skin piercing (including ear piercing, body piercing) and semi-permanent skin colouring (semi permanent make up, temporary tattooing) came into force in Bracknell Forest on 1 January 2005.

All premises and persons offering these treatments need to be registered with this authority or they will be trading illegally.

Application process

You need to submit details of your qualifications and/or experience with your application and we may contact you to discuss this further.

When we receive your application we may arrange for an inspection and consider your suitability and that of the premises.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. Please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.

How to appeal

Please contact us first. There is no formal right of appeal to a magistrate's court or Crown Court in respect of a refusal to grant a special treatment personal registration.

Complaints about special treatment practitioners

If you want to complain about a special treatment practitioner or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions, please contact us so we can investigate.

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