Skin piercing and tattooing

If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture, microneedling or electrolysis you must be registered as 'an individual' with Cheshire East Council.

If you work from premises, they must also be registered.


Fees for practices on the body

Environmental Health fees and charges for:

  • acupuncture 
  • microneedling
  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • body piercing
  • ear piercing
  • electrolysis

Application evaluation process

The applicant must return the application form to the local authority office.

  1. Once the application is received an appointment is made with the applicant to check that the premises and procedures comply with the relevant legislation
  2. A letter is sent out confirming the visit which includes a list, if necessary, of works required to bring the premises up to standard
  3. If necessary, the applicant is asked to contact the officer to arrange a revisit to the premises once remedial works have been completed
  4. Once registered, a certificate of registration will be issued and the business may be inspected on a routine basis

The next step

The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

An inspector may visit to check compliance with requirements. Your details will be placed on the register and you will be issued with certification.

Eligibility criteria

There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through compliance with relevant legislation and in some cases local byelaws.  You will also need to provide details of any previous convictions.

Right of appeal

A complete registration will not be refused unless the applicant has had a previous registration cancelled by the Courts.


Contact commercial services

0300 123 5015

Page last reviewed: 07 May 2024