Skin piercing registration

If you want to carry out acupuncture, electrolysis, tattooing or ear piercing, you and your premises need to be registered to operate in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. Registration is in place to protect people against public health risks, including the risk of diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Registration only needs to be carried out once, provided the person and the premises do not change. Please read the page below as it contains important information.

Home workers preparation and advice prior to registration

If you are applying to register to practice from home, we advise that you contact the Licensing’s and Environmental Health’s phone line on 01737 276000 and ask to speak to an Officer. We often find that when we come out to do an inspection the home working setup is often insufficient to allow us to register people, and this can lead to delays in your registration. A common example is that solely offering a kitchen sink as the means for customers to clean themselves and equipment would not be acceptable and depending on the treatment a sink used by other members of the family such as in a family bathroom / cloakroom may not be suitable.  It’s a complex area as there are many permutations of this for each home piercer.

Bye Laws

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has adopted specific bye laws relating to skin piercing.  These adopted byelaws set out the basic standards expected for hygienic and safe operation of skin piercing premises. Anyone registered for skin piercing with us must comply with the relevant byelaws, which can be found below:

Application forms

The application forms and relevant to register can be download below.

Application to register a person for skin piercing

Application to register a premises for skin piercing

Once completed please email your application form to

What happens next?

Once an application has been made and a fee has been paid, an inspector will undertake an inspection of the premises to check compliance with the bye-laws,  as well as ensuring that general health and safety requirements are being met. The inspector will be pleased to offer any advice or give any help if you are unsure as to how to meet these obligations.

Fees and Charges

For information on fees and charges please consult our licences and permit fees page. Currently we can only accept payment via cheque or postal order. We are in the process of working towards payment over the phone and online payment. Please make cheques payable to 'Reigate & Banstead Borough Council'. These can either be dropped into reception or posted in. Please ensure you write on the back of the cheque or postasl order what the payment is for so we can cross reference this to your application.