Skin piercing registration

Semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic body piercing, massage and special treatments

These are premises which provide a wide variety of treatments, the main ones being body piercing, sauna, massage and sun beds. The council does not currently licence these types of premises.

What standards apply?

The purpose of registering skin-piercing activities is to protect members of the public from the transmission of blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infections and to ensure that basic health and safety standards are maintained in all premises where the above services are provided.

The council has approved byelaws that set out the standards for the hygienic operation of skin piercing premises. Under these byelaws the applicant must ensure that the 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.

Registration process

If you wish to provide one of these services, you will need to apply for registration. Please follow the relevant links below:

Alternatively you can request an application form by emailing or by writing to Environmental Health, P.O. Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9JG, telephone 01283 508578 or 01283 508524.

Once an application has been made and the relevant fee has been received, an officer will undertake an inspection of the premises. If the officer considers the applicant's procedures and premises to be suitable, then registration will be approved.

The officer will also check compliance in line with the byelaws as well as ensuring that general health safety requirements are being met. The officer will offer advice if you are unsure on how to meet these requirements.

Fees and charges

There is a one-off registration fee which covers the cost of administration and an inspection of your premises which will be carried out by one of the commercial team's Officers. The current fees are as follows:

Main activity Initial registration of premises * Additional activity fee Additional operator/amendment to operator registration
Ear Piercing Only £92.00 N/A £36.00
Electrolysis/ Acupuncture/Semi Permananent Skin colouring £110.00 £54.00 £36.00
Tattooing/Cosmetic Piercing £165.00 £54.00 £36.00

* The initial registration fee will be for registration of the premises and one operator.  Additional operators may be registered to the same premises at an additional cost; this will be at a reduced rate as the initial fee covers the premises.  The additional activity fee is for an additiional activity at the same premises such as tattooing and cosmetic piercing.

Fees have been set according to officer costs and administration involved in processing applications and will be reviewed annually.  An up to date list of fees will be made available both on the Councils web site and via post if requested.

If a business moves premises the full registration fee will be payable which will include an inspection of the new premises and re-issuing of registration certificates for existing operators.

If an operator moves premises, there will be a fee for re-issuing of a registration certificate to cover them at their new place of work.

We normally process applications without delay but please allow 28 days from the submission of your application for administration, inspection and receipt of your Registration Certificate.

Tacit consent

Once you have applied for registration you must wait until your application has been processed and approved. It is an offence to conduct Acupuncture, Tattooing, Ear Piercing and Electrolysis unless the registration has been formally approved.

How long does a registration last?

The registration of premises will continue to remain in force provided that there is no transfer of the ownership of the business; should this occur then the new owner would need to apply for registration.

Failed application and licence holder redress/right of appeal

Please contact the Council's Environmental Health & Licensing Department in the first instance. If a registration is suspended or cancelled the registration holder may appeal to the county court.


Byelaws for tattooing

Byelaws for acupuncture

Byelaws for ear-piercing and electrolysis


If you wish to make a complaint of any kind about a skin piercing operator or skin piercing premises within East Staffordshire please contact us.

If you are not happy with the service the Council has provided with regard to your application, please contact Environmental Health in the first instance, and we will try to resolve any concerns you may have.

If your complaint is still not resolved, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Tattooists currently registered with ESBC

Name Address Contact number Facebook Twitter Website
Andy’s Tattoos 109 Derby Street, Burton upon Trent 01283 568586 Andys Tattoos Burton    
Black Pearl Tattoo Studio 156 Waterloo Street, Burton Upon Trent, DE14 2NB 7792640095 Black Pearl Studio Burton @BlackPearlBOT  
First Pass Custom Tattoo Unit 1, 10a Webb Corbett House, Burton Street, Tutbury, DE13 9DH 01283 520183 First Pass Custom Tattoo
Gardner Ink 27 Market Place, Uttoxeter, ST14 8HL 07860 638928 Gardner INK Tattoo Studio and Barber Shop @jontat2  
Leeford Brandon 176 Station Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1BN 01283 565673      
Outsider Art 53 New Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE15 3QY 01283 566004 Outsider Art Burton @OutsiderArtTat2  

Further advice

If you are unsure about body piercing, or would like further advice you can speak to an officer from the Council.

East Staffordshire Borough Council, The Town Hall, King Edward Place Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB


Telephone: 01283 508578 / 508524