Wealden District Council

Skin Piercing

Licence Summary

To offer Skin Piercing treatments in the Wealden area you must apply to us for a Licence.

Skin Piercing includes ear piercing, tattooing, electrolysis and acupuncture.

Both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be licensed.

Regulation Summary

A Summary of Skin Piercing Regulation (external link) has been produced by the National Archives.

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

You can apply for a Skin Piercing Licence for a premises by downloading our Application Form for a Premises Skin Piercing Licence (pdf) and returning it with the fee to the address below.

You can apply for a Skin Piercing licence for a person by downloading our Application Form for a Personal Skin Piercing Licence (pdf) and returning it with the fee to the address below.

Because Skin Piercing is covered by the European Services Directive, you can also apply for your Skin Piercing licences online 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