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Tattooing, Piercing, Acupuncture & Electrolysis Registration

Licence summary If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis in Northern Ireland, you must be registered with your local district council.

If you work from premises, they must also be registered.

Once registered, you will be issued with a certificate of registration.
Eligibility Criteria You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field.

The current registration fee is £60.
Regulation Summary

Applicants should be aware that it is an offence to carry on the businesses mentioned above unless they are registered with the Council.

Should you be found guilty of such an offence you may be fined up to £1000.

The Council has made bye- laws in relation to the operation of such establishments - a copy of these will be made available on receipt of your application or can be accessed by following the links below.

Your premises will be inspected following receipt of your application to ensure compliance with the appropriate bye- laws.

Any breach of the appropriate bye- laws may result in a fine of up to £1000.

Anyone found guilty of the breach of the bye- laws may also have their registration suspended or cancelled by the courts.

A summary of the regulation can be found here: Regulation summary

Legislation about control by district councils of acupuncture, tattooing, ear-piercing and electrolysis
Bye-laws for businesses carrying on Electrolysis
Bye-laws for businesses carrying on cosmetic piercing
Bye-laws for businesses carrying on acupuncture
Bye-laws for businesses carrying on semi permanent skin colouring
Bye-laws for businesses carryin on tattooing
Application Evaluation Process

A completed application form must be accompanied with a copy of suitable public liability insurance and the relevant fee.

On receipt of your application you will also be registered with the Environmental Health & Enforcement Section for the purposes of Health and Safety and the premises will be inspected to ensure that you comply with all relevant health and safety legislation and the appropriate bye laws.

Once it has been established that your premises complies with health and safety requirements and the bye laws the persons and premises will be registered.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that that all equipment and premises to be used in such activities are inspected and found to be suitable and hygienic before you can begin trading to prevent the transfer of, or contamination from, blood borne, and other, diseases.

If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or telephone the Environmental Health & Enforcement Section on 028 2076 2225, or email
Apply online Application for a Licence to carry out Acupuncture, Tattooing, Piercing and/or Electrolysis

Application to Change a Tattooists, Piercing and Electrolysis Licence
Forms to download, print and post


Contact Details
Tel: 028 2076 2225
Fax: 028 2076 9891

Environmental Health & Enforcement Section
Moyle District Council
Sheskburn House
7 Mary Street
BT54 6QH
Register Details For a list of premises registered to carry on any of these businesses click here
Failed Application Redress Please contact Moyle District Council in the first instance.
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact Moyle District Council in the first instance.

If a registration is suspended or cancelled the registration holder may appeal to the county court.
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, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Other Redress
Any complaints about how a premises is operated should be made directly to the Environmental Health & Enforcement Section on 028 2076 2225, or by emailing
Trade Associations None

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