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Permits, licences and registration

Personal treatment licences

Hull City Council registers hairdressers, barbers, acupuncturists, tattooists, ear piercers, body piercers and premises carrying out electrolysis. We do this to help maintain the health and safety of customers and the people that work in these establishments.

Such businesses must comply with the byelaws adopted by the council in relation to cleanliness and hygiene of the premises. A copy of the byelaws can be downloaded below.

In addition, the businesses must also comply with other health and safety legislation and ensure it is controlling health and safety risks effectively.

In August 2013, a new ‘Tattooing and body piercing guidance toolkit’ was launched by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to provide practical information to support both local authorities and businesses in England to adopt safe standards of practice.

The guidance has been developed by a panel of health protection and practitioner representatives, and has been endorsed by the CIEH, Public Health England (PHE), the Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union (TPIU) and the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

Hull City Council will use this guidance in determining compliance with legal requirements for effective control of risks in tattooing and body piercing businesses.

Tattooing of minors

Under the Tattooing of Minors Act 1969, it is against the law to tattoo a person who is under the age of 18. Parental consent cannot be accepted if the person is under the age of 18. If a person is tattooed and they are under the age of 18 the tattoo artist could face a criminal record, a fine of up to £1000 and could be at risk of losing their registration if they are registered with the Council. 

What you need to do

You will need to complete an application form before opening one of the premises listed above. A Health and Safety inspector will then arrange a visit. The application form is available to download below -


Registration for hairdressers and barbers is free of charge.

For all other registrations there is a one off fee -

Acupuncturist £235
Tattooists £235
Earpiercers £235
Body piercers £235
Electrolysis £235

Contact us

Health and Safety
Environmental Health
Hull City Council
33 Witham

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 453

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