Richmondshire District Council

Registration for skin piercing activities

People who carry out any of the following skin piercing activities must be registered with us. The premises used must also be registered:

  • Acupuncture
  • Ear piercing and cosmetic piercing
  • Semi-permanent skin colouration
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing
  • Cosmetic/beauty treatments which involve piercing the skin, such as dermarolling and microblading


The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 outlines the requirements for registration.

We've adopted bye-laws that cover the cleanliness and hygiene of premises, practitioners and equipment. They're intended to prevent blood-borne viruses and other infections occurring.


The registration only applies in the local authority area in which the premises and person are registered. This includes mobile skin piercers.

After we receive the application form, the registration fees and any supporting documents, an inspection will be carried out where necessary to check that practices and procedures meet health and safety and infection control standards.

Only when the inspector is satisfied that conditions are met will you be allowed to start operating.

Certificates of registration are normally issued within 28 working days. These must be displayed prominently with the bye-laws at the premises.

This is a one-off registration but you must tell us of any changes.

Public register 

There's no public register but a list of current registered establishments is available on request.

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