Cosmetic piercing or skin colouring licence application privacy notice

Read our privacy notice for information on how we collect, store and process your data.

The council is the data controller for purposes of the Data Protection Act (2018) and EU General Data Protection Regulation as of May 2018 and is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Brighton & Hove City Council are committed to protecting your personal information. As a data controller we have a responsibility to make sure you know why and how your personal information is being collected in accordance with relevant data protection law.

Purposes and lawful basis of processing

We are collecting your data for the purpose of granting a registration for a person and/or premises undertaking Acupuncture, Electrolysis, Tattooing, Cosmetic Piercing and/or SemiPermanent Skin-colouring certificate. In order to process your registration, we must receive the following information:

  • application form for registration of skin piercing activities

As an application for registration incurs a fee, we will also need to process your financial information. Your contact details may also be used for communication purposes. If the registration is granted our records will be updated in the interest of data accuracy.

There may be occasions where it is necessary for enforcement action to be taken, in which case your information will be used to support that action.

We have a legal obligation to process your personal information, specifically working within the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Sections 14, 15,16,17.

Who we will share your data with

Your data may be shared internally with Environmental Health. Your data may also be shared externally with other local authorities.

How long we will hold your data (retention)

We will hold your data for the length of registration plus 6 years.

Transferring data outside the European Economic Area

Your information is not processed outside of the European Economic Area.

Your information rights

Under GDPR you have certain rights concerning your information. Find out more about your information rights.

How to get advice or make a complaint

Data protection contacts

If you wish to discuss any of your data protection rights, you can contact the Data Protection Team on 01273 295959 or by email at

Contact the council's Data Protection Officer 

Whilst we would prefer that you contact us first with any concerns that you might have, you can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. The ICO is the national regulator with responsibility for ensuring compliance with data protection.

Information Commissioner’s Office

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Contact details for the ICO is stated below:

You can contact the ICO:

  • on their website
  • by phone: 0303 123 1113
  • by post: Wycliffe House, Water Ln, Wilmslow SK9 5AF

This privacy notice will be subject to review when there is a change.