Tattooists, piercing and electrolysis registration

If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, or electrolysis, both the persons undertaking the activity and the premises concerned must be registered with the local council.

Once registered, you will be issued with a certificate of registration.

Eligibility Criteria

You must provide specific information including details of your premises and any previous convictions for practicing without a licence in this field.

A fee maybe charged.

Regulation Summary

Click on this link to view a copy of the Byelaws (PDF, 91KB)

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Local Authority within the target completion period of 28 days, please contact contact us. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service

How to apply


Any premises registered will need to comply with the Council Byelaws for piercing establishments.

How much does the licence cost?

Click on the following link to view a full list of fees and charges (PDF, 204KB)

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Milton Keynes Council in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Milton Keynes Council in the first instance.

If a registration is suspended or cancelled the registration holder may appeal to the county court.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


Last Updated: 31 March 2020