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Beauty and special treatments see also Sunbed business

The practice of acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis, and other special treatments may be regulated in the area of a particular local authority in the UK.

England and Wales
Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII, the practice of acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis, and other special treatments may be regulated in the area of a particular local authority.

Tacit consent: it appears that some authorities consider that tacit consent applies and some not.

For further information, visit the Business Link website or that of the relevant local authority.
Within the area of some local authorities, the provision of other special treatments may be regulated. For example, under the London Local Authorities Act 1991 Part II, a London borough may require you to register with its environmental health department of your local authority if you are providing any of the following treatments: massage, manicure, acupuncture, tattooing, cosmetic piercing, chiropody, light, electric or other special treatment of a like kind or vapour, sauna or other baths. You should check with the relevant borough.

Northern Ireland
Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, a council may require a person to register with it in order to carry on the business tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing or electrolysis.

The provision of laser and pulsed light treatment may registration with the Health and Social Care Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.

For further information, visit nibusinessinfo.co.uk or check with the relevant local council.

Scotland
The carrying on of a business which provides skin piercing or tattooing must be licensed by the local authority where the business is carried on under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006.
For further information, visit Scottish Business Gateway



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