Special treatments

Register a Special treatment

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 anyone must register their premise with us if they are providing:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • cosmetic piercing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring/ micro pigmentation
  • electrolysis

The following treatments do not need to be registered with us using this regime, however you still need to comply with health and safety at work requirements and as such would be grateful if you would notify the team food&safety@braintree.gov.uk that you are carrying out the treatment

Treatments that do not require registration with Braintree District Council                          

Who to notify                                                                                                 

Dermo rolling food&safety@braintree.gov.uk
Micro needling food&safety@braintree.gov.uk
Laser hair removal / tattoo removal food&safety@braintree.gov.uk
Massage Register with Essex County Council Trading Standards


Anyone providing a special treatment must comply with the relevant byelaws for that special treatment and must maintain good health and safety standards.

Register a Special treatment

Before you register a special treatment, please talk to us about your proposals to make sure that your premise is likely to be suitable. In particular, ensure that you have a readily accessible wash hand basin with hot and cold running water.  This will need to be in the treatment room (the only exception to this may be where the only treatment being offered is ear piercing. Relaxation of this requirement will be assessed on a case by case basis and will depend on the location of the wash hand basin).

Please read the CIEH tattooing and body piercing guidance toolkit.

You can email our food and safety team or call 01376 557790.

You can register a Special treatment online at GOV.UK

Register a Special treatment

When you make your application you will need to:

  • supply a passport photograph
  • pay a one-off fee of £140

The fee covers:

  • our administration costs
  • inspecting the premises on a periodic basis
  • registration of one operator

We carry out inspections to make sure you are maintaining the correct standards.

If you want to register more than one operator there is an additional charge of £46 per person.

You can find more information on individual treatments:


Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525

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