Beauty and body art licence

If you want to carry out the following beauty and body art activities you must be registered with us:

  • acupuncture 
  • tattooing
  • semi-permanent skin colouring (microblading)
  • cosmetic body and ear piercing
  • ear piercing only
  • electrolysis

 CIEH Toolkit [PDF, 3MB]


  • Personal licence - £152
  • Premises licence - £275
  • Dual application (personal and premises) - £275 plus £56 per person
  • Duplicate/replacement licence - £12
  • Administration charge (e.g. change of business name) - £25

Apply for a skin piercing licence

If you know someone in Plymouth who is tattooing or piercing but they’re not on the licensing register, email with details of the business.