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Tattoos, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring and electrolysis

Anyone wishing to carry out acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring and ear or body piercing must be registered.

The purpose of registration is to ensure that basic health and safety standards are maintained in any premises where these activities are carried out. These activities are controlled by the Local Government Act 2003.

Electrolysis is also regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Registration will usually require a fee to be paid.

List of registered Tattoo studios in the local authorities area:

From 1 September 2016

East Dorset and Christchurch Borough Council (pdf, 87kb) (opens in a new window)

North Dorset District Council (pdf, 64kb) (opens in a new window)

Poole Borough Council (pdf, 110kb) (opens in a new window)

Purbeck District Council (pdf, 174kb) (opens in a new window)

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council & West Dorset District Council (pdf, 65kb) (opens in a new window)

Bournemouth Borough Council (pdf, 250kb) (opens in a new window)

Training Opportunity

Purbeck District Council are offering a health and safety in hair and beauty course, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 award.

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