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Apply for a licence to carry out acupuncture.

Tattooists, Piercing and Electrolysis Registration

Licence summary

If you offer acupuncture, cosmetic piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin colouring or tattooing 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.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Yes, after thirty working days, unless you have heard from the Local Authority that there are matters in need of attention before the premises can open.


You will need to provide details about yourself and your premises, as well as pay a one-off registration fee. These are set by the council and vary from area to area.

Thanet Council does not change or renew licences for acupuncture, electrolysis, piercing or tattooists and requires a new full application for any amendments

Failed application

Please contact your Local District Council.

Licence Holder redress

Please contact your Local District Council.

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, Citizens Advice Bureau Advice guide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Help and advice

For licensing advice or information, please 

E-mail: Licensing Department  or phone 01843 577413 or 01843 577432

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