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Adoption of Skin Piercing Byelaws

Published: 17/05/2023

Cabinet Members will be asked to adopt byelaws relating to skin piercing when it meets on Tuesday 23 May.

Members will be asked to adopt byelaws to help safeguard the public and improve compliance in respect of activities such as ear piercing, tattooing, acupuncture and electrolysis.  

Commenting on the byelaws, the Cabinet Member for Planning, Public Health and Public Protection, Councillor Chris Bithell said:

“Public safety is the key driver to adopting the byelaws and I am pleased to say that most businesses which undertake skin piercing across Flintshire already adhere to the stringent hygiene standards set out in the byelaws.

However, I welcome the formal adoption of the byelaws for the benefit of all registered practitioners which will aid the effective regulation of skin piercing.”

Formal adoption of the byelaws will give the Council a range of enforcement powers including Fixed Penalty Notices and undertaking legal proceedings for their enforcement. 

Subject to approval by the Cabinet, the byelaws will be adopted under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Part VIII, sections 14 to 17, which will apply to all 78 registered practitioners in Flintshire from 1 August 2023.