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Acupuncture, skin piercing and tattooing

If you carry out acupuncture, piercings, electrolysis, tattooing or semi-permanent make up you need to apply to the council to be registered for body treatments. Registration is made under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982, Part VIII.

Registration is required to ensure that operators meet the relevant cleanliness, hygiene and health and safety standards in order to lessen the risk of infection.

Both the premises where the treatments take place, as well as all persons providing the treatments, need to be registered.

Apply for a body treatment registration

The council must be satisfied that the premises are suitable. 

Download and complete the application form [PDF 94KB] and return with the correct fee depending on whether you are applying for a personal registration, premises registration, or both.

After a successful inspection by a specialist public protection officer you will be issued with a certificate of registration.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that Blackpool Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please email us

Failed application redress/Licence holder redress

Please contact Blackpool Council's licensing service in the first instance.



Licensing service

Municipal buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
Telephone 01253 478397

The licensing service is available to contact by telephone between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday or visit in person by appointment only at the licensing desk at Blackpool Council's Customer First Centre on Corporation Street .