Apply for a Skin Piercing Registration

Any person carrying on the business of tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture or ear piercing in Oxford and premises where these practices take place must be registered with Oxford City Council under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 ('The Act'). Registration is in place to protect people against public health risks, including the risk of diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Registration only needs to be carried out once, provided the person and the premises do not change. If you are practicing at a premises which has a current registration, you need only register as a practitioner. Fees for registration are reviewed annually and can be found below.

It is an offence under the Act to undertake any of the skin piercing practices specified above if the premises and the person are not registered. Skin piercing practices other than those specified do not currently need to be registered with Oxford City Council. However, all business operators still have a general duty to comply with health and safety legislation.


We have adopted byelaws that set out the basic standards expected for hygienic and safe operation of skin piercing premises. Anyone registered for skin piercing with us must comply with the relevant byelaws, which can be found below:

Byelaws relating to skin piercing premises

Application Forms and Questionnaires

In order to register a person and/or premises for the practice of tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture or ear piercing, the below application form must be fully completed and submitted along with the relevant fee and questionnaire (please see below).

Skin Piercing Application and Questionnaires

Following receipt of a fully completed application, premises will be inspected by an Environmental Health Officer to ensure that the byelaws and relevant health and safety requirements are being complied with.

It is in the public interest that the application be processed before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting your application, please contact us.

Other Resources

Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit