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Skin Piercing

To offer Skin Piercing treatments in the Wealden area you must apply to us for a personal and premises registration. Skin piercing includes all the following;

Piercing of any part of the body, tattooing, electrolysis, acupuncture, semi permanent skin colouring – microblading.


To protect public health Wealden District Council adopted byelaws for all types of skin piercing:

Application Process and Fees

A fee of £250 is payable for the registration of a skin piercing premises. A reduction of 50% (£125) is charged for a transfer of a skin piercing premises registration.

A fee of £90 is payable for a personal registration to pierce skin. A reduction of 50% (£45) is available where the person can provide a certificate of registration with another local authority.

For new applications only, applicants may pay 5% less when making an application. If you do, you would then be invoiced for this amount plus £20 for the additional administration cost, when the licence has been issued.

Tacit Consent 

Tacit Consent does not apply to Skin Piercing licences.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or use the contact details below.

How to Apply

To apply for a Premises Registration for Skin Piercing download and complete our Application Form for a Premises Skin Piercing Licence (pdf), make a payment online and submit to foodhs@rother.gov.uk.

To apply for a Personal Registration for Skin Piercing download and complete our Application Form for a Personal Skin Piercing Licence (pdf), make a payment online and submit to foodhs@rother.gov.uk.

Payment can be made online by visiting our Make a Payment page and selecting Skin Piercing Registration from the drop down. The reference number will prefill for you but you will need to enter the amount. Please write your receipt number on your application form.

Skin Piercing registration is covered by the European Services Directive, you may apply using the gov.uk website.  

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked Gov.uk can offer advice on Consumer Protection Rights (external link).

Trade Associations

You may find the following organisations useful:

Contact Rother and Wealden Environmental Health Service