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Tattooing / Piercing / Electrolysis / Acupuncture

You must be registered to carry out any of the following types of skin piercing:

  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • skin-piercing
  • electrolysis
  • semi permanent skin colouring

Both you and your premises must be registered. If you operate from different locations your business operating centre must be the registered address. If you move you must register the new premises. 

You must not conduct the above activities until your registration has been approved. 

Cost of registration

  • Personal registration: £90
  • Premises registration: £205

Once you are registered you do not need to renew your licence unless you change premises.

How to register

Your premises will be inspected by a health and safety officer to make sure that it meets cleanliness and health and safety requirements.  

Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme »

You can showcase how clean and hygienically you operate by volunteering to be part of the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme.



 Tattooing and Piercing Toolkit
Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit

Contact the Licensing Section

Email: licensing@dover.gov.uk

Telephone: 01304 872295