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Acupuncture, skin piercing and tattooing

If you wish to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis in our area, you must first register with us.

Once you are registered by us to carry out one of more of these activities you can operate from any premises in the Borough that has also been registered by us to be used for the same purpose.

These regulations exist to ensure that you meet the relevant health and safety standards and lessen the risk of infection.

We register individuals and premises separately. This helps to reduce administrative burdens on businesses and their employees as it means that a premise used for a regulated activity only needs to be registered once for that purpose. It also means that individuals, once registered, do not need to register again if they move to work within a different registered premise in the area.

Registered businesses are required to comply with adopted byelaws for the purpose of securing the cleanliness of registered premises, of the fittings in those premises, and of persons registered and also the cleaning and sterilisation of instruments.


Personal registration

To apply for a personal registration you will need to complete the personal registration application form. All applications for registration must be accompanied by copies of relevant qualifications, as well as a basic criminal records/DBS check issued within the last calendar month.

Premises registration

To apply to register a premises you will need to complete the personal registration application form.

Fees for both personal and premises registration can be found here:

Forms and documentation

Completed application forms should be returned to: The Licensing Department, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please get in touch.