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Licensing - Tattoo, acupuncture, ear piercing and electrolysis registration

Record details

If you want to operate a business for any of the following activities in Norwich, both you and the premises must be registered with us:

  • tattooing
  • acupuncture
  • ear piercing
  • electrolysis

We do not currently register body piercing or semi-permanent skin colouring (eg semi-permanent make-up) but we are in the process of adopting new byelaws to include these activities. Further information about registration will be released once the process has been completed.


  • £261 for the premises to be registered
  • £27 to register each individual working there.

Information/evidence you will need to provide

Training and competency: anyone carrying out body art procedures (practitioners) must attend a relevant course on infection control (eg one run by a local authority/health authority and/or recognised trade association), and attend a refresher course at least every five years.

Qualifications: full records must be kept on the premises of all practitioners’ qualifications and registration of the relevant professional association; courses attended – with dates, and the titles of the courses, and venue; details of periods of supervision of all piercers/tattooists must also be kept. These details must be available for inspection at all times.

Insurance: the business must have third party liability, to cover claims from damages or negligence, as well as employer’s liability insurance where appropriate.

Waste: waste transfer documents and details need to be available at all times for inspection.

Acupuncture and body art procedures must not be undertaken by anyone under the age of 18 years.

How to register

Complete the pdf application form and submit it online or print it and post to the address below.

Apply for a licence online

How to appeal

It will take about six weeks from receipt of your application and fee to process your application and carry out an initial inspection. If the standards are not met initially, the certificate of registration will not be released until the premises and/or persons meet the required standard.

An applicant cannot be refused registration, however, a registration certificate will not be issued until the premises and/or person meets the standards set (by-laws and Health and safety at Work Act 1974).

How long does the licence last and what is the renewal procedure?

There is a one-off premises registration fee for yourself and your premises for the business, additional persons are charged at a reduced rate.

How do I tell you about a change in circumstances?

Apply online to change a licence