Skin piercing registrations

If you run, or intend to run a business providing acupuncture, tattooing (including microblading), piercing or electrolysis in Broadland or South Norfolk, you must register with us. All practicing staff within your business will also need to be registered. 

Once we have received your registration form, an officer may visit your business to ensure your practices and processes are suitable and you are undertaking your activity in a safe manner in a clean environment. To meet the registration standards, you will need to comply with the requirements of our skin piercing bye-laws

In addition to registering your business and members of staff, you will also need to ensure your premises has the correct planning permissions or usage class to operate. You can also check whether you will be required to pay business rates

How to register

Please complete the skin piercing registration form and return it by email, details of which are at the bottom of this page, or post to the Food, Safety and Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich NR15 2XE or to The Food, Safety and Licensing Team, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Rd, Norwich NR7 0DU for Broadland businesses. 

The registration form covers the registration of both the premises and the person. If further skin piercing practitioners are used at your business in future, they will also need to be registered


The fees set out below for each council are to be made at the time of registration. Multiple registrations made at the same time will only be charged one fee. Any registration forms sent individually, or any subsequent registrations, will require an additional fee to be paid

The fee is a one-off payment rather than an annual fee

South Norfolk Council Broadland District Council
£75.50 £104*

* or £23 per practitioner where a premises registration already exists


The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has produced a tattooing and body piercing guidance toolkit to help you achieve acceptable standards in your business.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners and to promote high standards of working practices in acupuncture.

Food, Safety and Licensing Team

Telephone: 01603 430488

South Norfolk Food, Safety & Licensing Team

Contact details for the South Norfolk Food, Safety & Licensing team.

Telephone: 01508 533633