Notice of Intention to Adopt Byelaws for Acupuncture, Tattooing, Semi Permanent Skin Colouring, Cosmetic Piercing and Electrolysis.

Notice is hereby given that on the 23rd March 2016 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (the Council), in pursuance of sections 14(7) and 15(7) of the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982 (the Act) and section 120 of the Local Government Act 2003 resolved to adopt the Model Byelaws for Acupuncture, Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring, Cosmetic Piercing and Electrolysis (the Byelaws).

The purpose of the Byelaws is to secure the cleanliness of premises registered under section 14(1) or 15(1) or both of the Act and of fittings in such premises and of persons registered under sections 14(1) or 15(1) or both of the Act and persons assisting them and of securing the cleansing and, so far as appropriate, sterilisation of instruments, materials and equipment used in connection with the practice of acupuncture or the business of tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing or electrolysis. The process by which these byelaws are made are by using powers conferred under the Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Act 2012, section 2.

The Model Byelaws will allow the Council to prosecute non-compliant practitioners. On conviction, the Court may impose a fine and /or suspend or cancel the person’s registration. The Court may also suspend or cancel his premises registration so that the practitioner may no longer operate from them.

The new byelaws will come into effect on the 1st June 2016 and any existing byelaws made by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council or its predecessor authorities on ear piercing, tattooing, acupuncture and electrolysis currently in force in the Borough, will cease to have effect.

View the skin piercing byelaws

View notice placed in the Newspaper 

Information relating to the byelaw is available on the Council’s website or by contacting The Food and Health and Safety Team, Public Health and Protection, Tyˆ Elai, Williamstown, CF40 1NY on telephone (01443) 425001 or e-mail: A copy of these new Byelaws will be made available for inspection at the above address.

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