If you want to carry out any of the above services in Brighton & Hove, you and your premises need to be registered. Brighton & Hove City Council has adopted new byelaws for the purpose of securing:

  • the cleanliness of the premises registered including its fittings
  • the cleanliness of the person registered
  • the cleaning and where appropriate the sterilisation of instruments, materials and equipment to prevent the transmission of disease

The new byelaws came into effect on 1 July 2005 and they cover acupuncture, body piercing, cosmetic piercing, ear-piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent skin-colouring, skin piercing and tattooing. Government guidance exists regarding these changes (PDF 147KB)

Licence application forms and notes

One licensing form suffices for any of the activities mentioned. Skin piercing, etc. application form (PDF 130KB)


  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

Return your application form(s) to:

Health and Safety and Licensing
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square

If you have any queries contact:

Email: ehl.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Phone: 01273 294 429