Skin piercing

Anyone who performs any of the skin piercing activities listed below must register with us if they work in the Flintshire County Council area:

  • acupuncture
  • semi-permanent skin colouring
  • tattooing
  • cosmetic piercing (including ear piercing)
  • electrolysis

The aim of the registration is to regulate activities that could lead to infection.

A registered practitioner can only operate at premises that are also registered. Flintshire County Council has byelaws that cover the standards, equipment and facilities used in skin piercing activities.

You may face prosecution if you:

  • are not registered
  • operate from unregistered premises
  • break the byelaws

The court may then suspend or cancel the registration.

It is important that you are able to meet the standards set out in the byelaws.

How to apply

To discuss your plans in advance please contact us on 01352 703381. You can download the application form (PDF new window) and complete it.

Please send downloaded/printed applications to the following address:

Health and Enforcement Section
Public Protection
Flintshire County Council

County Hall

Or if you prefer, email it to:


The fees for 2019/2020 are:

Person: £66

Premises £131