Acupuncture, Ear-piercing, Electrolysis and Tattooing

If you run an establishment the following treatments you will require a licence:

  • acupuncture 
  • tattooing 
  • ear piercing 
  • electric treatments such as electrolysis

Applications are made to Bradford Council and will be subject to a fee.

Licences may be subject to conditions.

You must provide any requested information in your application.

Am I eligible to apply?

You may be refused a licence if:

  • you have been convicted of an offence under specified acts or you are deemed unsuitable 
  • the premises you intend to use are unsuitable 
  • you don't have staff with adequate professional or technical experience 
  • your establishment is being carried out in contravention of any local act or bylaw

How we evaluate your application

You will be given the opportunity to make representations before your application is refused.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details on this page.

How to apply

Visit the link below to download and complete the application form. When you are on the page, you need to follow the instructions to download the application form.

You'll need a debit or credit card to pay the fee.


You can find details of the fees on the Environmental Health Fees page.

What to do if we refuse your application

Please contact Bradford Council.

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Council Switchboard : 01274 432111

Council Address : Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HX

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