To be able to offer skin-piercing treatments – including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing – both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with Colchester Borough Council. In some areas you may need a licence from us.
Tattooing is defined as "the insertion into the skin of any colouring material designed to leave a permanent mark"
Acupuncture is defined as "the insertion of needles into living tissue for remedial purposes"
Electrolysis is defined as "the destruction of hair roots, warts, moles etc by means of an electric current"
Micro blading is defined as "a hand held implement that implants pigmentation into the skin by creating fine incisions".
Micropigmentation is defined as “a semi-permanent make up method that is carried out by machine to implant colour deeper into the skin than micro blading and therefore lasting longer”
Unfortunately we are unable to offer an online application at this point and you would therefore need to download and complete the forms which can be found below:
Tattoo/Piercing Acupuncture and Electrolysis Premises Licence Application
Tattoo/Piercing Acupuncture and Electrolysis Operators (up to 2 operators) Licence Application
Application forms are also available from the Colchester Library and Community Hub or by contacting us on 01206 282520.
Once application forms have been received an officer will contact you to arrange inspection of your premises.
If you have any queries, please contact the licensing team on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to complete your application within 28 days.
Once we have received your application form and payment, an officer will be in touch to arrange an inspection
No. 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 us.
Please see our list of licensing fees
An officer will visit at an agreed convenient time.
The inspection will be looking at:
In the first instance please contact the licensing team:
Please contact the Licensing team with regards to any registered or any potential unregistered premises and we will investigate the matter further.
Email us: email@example.com
Byelaws for Tattooing Electrolysis Acupuncture and Ear Piercing