Skin piercing registration | Sevenoaks District Council

Skin piercing registration

In the Sevenoaks District, anyone carrying out the following practices must be registered: 

  • Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic piercing
  • Tattooing 
  • Semi-permanent skin colouring (micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent make-up and temporary tattooing) 
  • Electrolysis

Registration and fees

The premises where the activity is carried out and each person who provides the treatment must be registered with us if the business is located within the Sevenoaks District area.

Registration only needs to be carried out once, provided the person and the premises do not change. If you are practicing at a premises which has a current registration, you need only register as a practitioner. Fees for registration can be found below.

It is an offence under the Act to undertake any of the skin piercing practices specified above if the premises and the person are not registered. Skin piercing practices other than those specified do not currently need to be registered with us. However, all business operators still have a general duty to comply with health and safety legislation.

Application forms and fees

Skin piercing application form - all treatments (except piercing with a gun)

Skin piercing application form - nose and ear piercing with a gun

Skin piercing application fees from 1 April 2024

Telephone payments can be made by credit or debit card during Council opening hours. Please contact us to make payment.

Guidance and byelaws 

You will also be required to demonstrate that the premises and your working practices comply with the Council's Byelaws and the 'Kent Code of Practice for Hygienic Skin Piercing' which set out the standards that are expected and recommendations for best practice.  You should also have regard to the 'Tattooing and Body Piercing Guidance Toolkit'.

Download guidance and byelaws