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Tattooing, Piercing, Acupuncture and Electrolysis

Click here to apply online to register to offer tattooing, piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis.

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.

A fee of £50 is charged for such registration.

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 by-laws in relation to the operation of such establishments.

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

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 service 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 by-laws.

Once it has been established that your premises complies with health and safety requirements and the by-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.

Register Details

For a list of premises registered to carry on any of these businesses contact

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Mid Ulster District Council in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Mid Ulster 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

Trade Associations