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Tattoo, piercing, acupuncture and cosmetic treatment registration

Registration of cosmetic treatments

If you offer tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis in Middlesbrough, you must be registered with our Public Protection Service.

The premises used for cosmetic treatments must also be registered.

Once you're registered, you'll be issued with a certificate of registration, which should be displayed at your place of work.

Read more about the relevant legislation.

Registered people and premises

View a list of people and premises licensed for cosmetic treatments.

How to apply

You can apply for registration online.

Tell us about a change to your existing registration.

What happens next?

After receiving your completed application and fee, an officer will contact you to arrange a visit to your premises to ensure they are safe and legal, prior to issuing your registration certificate.

You won't be able to open your business or start offering treatments until your registration is confirmed.

Redress information

In case of dispute or to appeal a decision, please contact the Environmental Health Team on 01642 728011 or via email to

Customer complaint

If you're a customer of a licensed/registered premises and wish to complain about the service or products sold we would advise you to contact the trader in the first instance to resolve the matter. If the matter cannot be resolved please contact the Environmental Health Team on 01642 728011 or via email to