Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence
You will need a licence if you want to provide any of the services shown below:
- cosmetic piercing
- permanent and semi-permanent make-up
The premises will also need to be registered if you are working from one.
You can find a table of fees in the related documents section.
You need to apply to the licensing authority where you carry out the services. If you do not have a permanent premises, you need to apply to the authority where you live. The licensing authority is usually the local council. If you do not know who that is, visit: Gov.UK, find my local council
In West Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough council. To apply, complete the form for the relevant council.
- Forest Heath District Council apply for a tattooing, acupuncture, skin piercing licence
- St Edmundsbury Borough Council apply for a tattooing, acupuncture, skin piercing
Does tacit authorisation apply?
No, this is because it is in public interest that your application is fully processed before permission can be granted.