The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII requires the following types of skin piercing to be registered with the Council.
  • acupuncture
  • tattooing
  • semi - permanent skin colouring (including microblading)
  • cosmetic piercing
  • electrolysis

Regulation summary

The Act requires separate registration to cover both the person carrying on the practice and the premises used for  that purpose. Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough has adopted byelaws that set minimum standards for the purposes of infection control. View a copy of the byelaws for Acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis. The applicant must ensure that the procedures, equipment and facilities used are safe, hygienic, prevent the spread of disease and comply fully with the general duty of care required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

It is illegal to conduct cosmetic piercing, tattooing, acupuncture or electrolysis unless the registration has been formally approved.

How to apply

Application forms can be obtained or enquiries can be answered by contacting us.

Food and Health & Safety Team

Ty Elai,
Dinas Isaf East
Williamstown
Tonypandy
CF40 1NY

Tel: 01443 425001 
Fax: 01443 425301

Application process

Once an application has been made and the appropriate fee has been received an officer will undertake an inspection of the premises and an assessment of the practitioner(s) will also be carried out.

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