Registration of Acupuncture, Ear Piercing, Electrolysis, Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring Privacy statement Registration of Acupuncture, Ear Piercing, Electrolysis, Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires the practice of Acupuncture, Electrolysis, Ear Piercing, and Tattooing to be registered with the Local Authority. The Local Government Act 2003 has also given powers to local authorities to register operators who carry out Cosmetic Skin Piercing (including ear-piercing) or Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring. There are no powers to refuse registration, but the practice is controlled through the compliance of bylaws. The Act requires registration to cover both the person carrying out the practice and the premises used for that purpose. The applicant must ensure that procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It is illegal to conduct acupuncture, electrolysis , cosmetic piercing, tattooing, or semi-permanent colouring unless registration has been formally approved. Once an application has been made and the fee paid, an inspector will inspect the premises. If the inspector considers the applicant's procedures and the premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved. Fees payable: £250 for registration of new premises and £100 for EACH practitioner. Bye-laws General: • It is an offence to tattoo any person under the age of 18 years (The Tattooing of Minors Act 1969) regardless of parental consent • A person under the age of 18 years may receive body piercing provided that you have received written permission from, or the treatment is performed in the presence of, the person’s parent or guardian • Nipple and genital piercing is prohibited on minors, regardless of parental consent • The health of the client and the suitability of the treatment should be discussed prior to its administration Please note: You have 10 minutes to complete each page. If you feel you need longer than this, please write your answers in a separate document, then copy and paste this into the form. This is to prevent any information being lost during the form completion.