Skin Piercing Licence


To offer skin-piercing treatments – including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing and electrolysis, both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with the local authority. In some areas you may need a licence from the local authority.

Eligibility criteria: Applications must include any information required by the local authority. See application form in related documents at the bottom of this page.

Regulation summary: Summary of regulation relating to skin piercing licence

Application evaluation process: No provision in the legislation

Will tacit consent apply? Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online: Apply for a licence to pierce skin

Failed application redress: Please contact your local authority in the first instance

Licence holder redress: Please contact your local authority in the first instance

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 of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress: E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations: See related links on the right


The registration is a “one off” and there is no requirement to renew each year.

Premises Registration

The fee is made up of Part A and Part B.  Part A is payable upon application and Part B is payable if the registration is granted and must be paid prior to the registration being issued.  If you wish to pay Part A and B together at the time of application, you may do so.  You are however under no obligation to pay Part B of the fee prior to it the registration being granted.  If you do pay both parts of the fee at the time of application, and then your registration is subsequently refused, Part B will be refunded to you.

Part A – £86.00

Part B – £30.00

Personal Registration – £49.50


For any licensing enquiries please use the contact details on the right. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am – noon and 2pm – 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment.


Privacy Notice

We are required by law to protect your privacy and inform you how your information may be used.The Licensing team collect your personal information to process and manage your Registration Application.

Some of your information may be made available on a publicly available register and provided on our website as required by relevant legislation.

The information provided by you may also be used for legitimate reasons by other departments of Boston Borough Council and other lawful agencies.

These reasons may include but are not limited to: prevention of crime, detection of fraud and public safety

In some cases information relating to your applications may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act, this council will review these requests to consider if it is lawful to comply.

The Council takes your privacy seriously.  The Council is the Data Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.

If you want to know more about the information we have about you, or the way we use your information please contact the Council