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Tattooing and Other Special Treatments

Tattooing and Other Special Treatments

Applying and Registering


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special treatments advice

Special Treatments (e.g. tattooing, ear piercing, body piercing, micro pigmentation, acupuncture, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring) should not be carried out at this time and no new applications will be accepted until further notice.

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Application to register a premises or operator

For specific treatment advice

Tattooing and Under Age Tattooing Premises Registered for Special Treatments Cosmetic Piercing Massage (regulated by Essex County Council)

Registering with Braintree District Council

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 any person who carries on the practice of acupuncture or the business of tattooing, cosmetic piercing, semi permanent skin colouring or electrolysis must register with the local authority, the premises where the skin piercing business operates.

The purpose of registration is to ensure that basic health and safety standards are maintained in any premises where these activities are carried out and that local bylaws are complied with.

One off registration fee

Applicants will be required to pay a one-off registration fee, which covers the cost of administration, the inspection of the premises on a periodic basis and the registration of one operator. These checks will ensure the necessary standards are being maintained.

The current cost for registration is £105.  Should you wish to register more than one operator there is an additional charge of £28 per person.

If you have any queries relating to these types of activity, or you wish to register your business please contact the Health Protection team.