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Registration of Skin Piercing Practices

The term 'Skin Piercing Practices' covers procedures that involve a needle breaking the skin, i.e.

  • ACUPUNCTURE
  • TATTOOING
  • SEMI-PERMANENT SKIN COLOURING
  • COSMETIC PIERCING (includes earrings, studs, rings etc.)
  • ELECTROLYSIS

Such practices are not licensed outside of London, but the law does require the practitioner and the place of work to be registered with the local authority.

Registrations issued by Basildon Borough Council identify a named person undertaking one or more skin piercing practices at specific premises.

It is a legal requirement that all persons carrying out any of these activities within the Basildon Borough must have a Certificate of Registration from Basildon Borough Council.

The process of registration

The process of registration is straightforward and involves the following:

  • Processing of application and relevant fee
  • A site visit (by appointment) to inspect facilities and discuss practices/procedures.
  • NB. The visit will be based on a series of inspection questions (see related downloads section)
  • Confirmation (in writing) of necessary work to be undertaken
  • Revisit to confirm all necessary work has been completed
  • Issuing of a certificate with unique reference number

Applying for Registration

You can apply and pay for personal treatment registration online, through the Business Link website, by selecting one of the  links below

Apply Online - Change to a Personal Treatment Registration

:Apply Online - Personal Treatment Registration

Alternatively you can download an application form (see Related Downloads section) which can be printed and returned to us at the postal address below.

The correct fee must accompany your application. Please see pdf icon Environmental Health Services Fees and Charges - April 2016 - 2017 [182kb] for information regarding current fees,

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. Provided your application is properly made, we will aim to process it within 30 working days. If this is not possible, we will inform you and provide an explanation of the reason.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal please contact us in the first instance. See below for details.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application because it is considered to be in the public interest for the local authority to process your application before it is granted. If you have not received a response by the end of the target completion period please contact us.

If you require any further information or have a complaint about this process please contact us.

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