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Acupuncture, Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring, Piercing, Electrolysis, Hairdressing and Barber Registrations

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Local Government Act 2003, and County of Cleveland Act 1987 requires these types of activities to be registered with the Local Authority.

Registration is required for both the person carrying out the business and the premises where the activity is to take place. If you employ any person you must have employee’s liability insurance. You are strongly advised to take out public liability AND treatment insurance to cover risks from the premises and from any treatment carried out.

Any change of premises or persons must be notified to the local authority, amendment fees may be charged.


How to apply

To apply for a registration please complete the online application form(s) for either a person or a premises or both if necessary.

The premises application requires a floor plan of the premises including treatment rooms and wash hand basins (except hairdressers and barbers).

The personal application requires a passport style photo of the person applying to conduct the registerable activity. The person in the photograph must not be wearing any hats, glasses or other obstructions to the face and be taken against a blank background.

Please see our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

When an application is received the council will arrange for an inspection of the premises to be carried out. The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe and hygienic to prevent the spread of disease.

After a satisfactory inspection you will be issued with a certificate of registration which should be displayed in a prominent position on the premises where the activities take place.



Apply online for a Personal Certificate of Registration

Apply online for a Premises Certificate of Registration


Regulation summary and guidance notes

Copies of relevant legislation are available on the website.

Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Service on telephone 01642 524802 or alternatively email us at [email protected]

Acupuncture byelaws

Ear piercing and electrolysis byelaws

Hairdressing and barber byelaws

Tattooing byelaws

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